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Santos Will Talk Peace Only If Colombia’s FARC Spurns Terrorism

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Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said peace talks with the biggest rebel group would only be possible if it abandons terrorism, according to an e-mailed statement.

“The key is not at the bottom of the sea, but the door is closed, and it will only be opened when there’s proof that the FARC is willing and that it won’t cheat us, that it will give up terrorism,” Santos said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia urged Santos Feb. 6 to take advantage of its goodwill gesture of freeing hostages to seek a political solution to the country’s half-century armed conflict.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helen Murphy in Bogota at hmurphy1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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