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Colombian government, rebels to resume peace talks

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August 24, 2013 09:41 PM EST | AP


BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's government has announced that peace talks with the country's largest guerrilla army will be renewed on Monday in Cuba after the rebels temporarily walked away from the negotiations.

Almost simultaneously, the army said that 13 members of the military were killed in a rebel ambush Saturday in the province of Arauca about 240 miles (390 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Bogota.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, temporarily walked away from the talks on Friday over President Juan Manuel Santos' refusal to agree to modify the constitution if a peace pact is struck.

On Saturday, government negotiator Humberto De la Calle said "after an evaluation it is confirmed that the FARC has made the decision to return to the negotiating table at 8:30 a.m. Monday to continue the talks."