Colombia's FARC rebels raise minimum recruitment age to 17

February 12, 2015 11:03 PM

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas announced on Thursday that they would stop recruiting soldiers under 17 years old, the latest in a number of conciliatory steps as peace talks to end five decades of conflict with the government advance.

The group said it was raising the minimum age for recruits from 15 to 17 in a statement marking the end of the latest round of talks with the government. The two-year-old negotiations are taking place in Cuba's capital, Havana.

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