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Colombia government, rebels to set up truth commission

Published on Jun 8, 2014 9:17 AM

HAVANA (AFP) - Negotiators trying to end Latin America's oldest civil war have agreed to set up a truth commission that addresses the deaths of thousands of people in five decades of conflict.

The move is seen as a stride towards a possible peace deal in Colombia.

"What we are announcing today is a historic step forward on the effort to put victims at the center of the (peace) process," said ex-vice president Humberto de la Calle on Saturday.

"These principles are unprecedented - never heard of before in Colombia, or in any other peace process," the leader of President Juan Manuel Santos's negotiating team stressed at the Cuban-hosted talks.

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