Colombia peace talks saved 5,000 people from death, injury: report

February 25, 2015 8:23 PM

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's ongoing peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels saved 5,000 people from being killed or injured last year, amid fewer confrontations between the military and guerrillas, according to a report by a local think-tank on Wednesday.

The aim of the two-year-old talks between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels is to end five decades of armed conflict which have claimed 220,000 lives and displaced millions.

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