08/29/2012 11:30 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Colombia And FARC Open 'Exploratory Talks' For Peace

The Colombian government has opened "exploratory talks" with its largest rebel aimed at ending a half-century insurgency, President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday.

Santos' announcement in a brief televised address confirmed mounting rumors of talks, supposedly held in Cuba, between representatives of his government and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which is largely a peasant army.

Santos offered no details of the talks, such as when they began, where they have been held, who has participated or what has been discussed.

"In the coming days the results of the conversations with the FARC will become known," said Santos, whose government was able to secure congressional enactment in June of a "peace framework" law that would provide amnesty to rebel leaders.

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