Exclusive: Colombia's ELN rebels say peace talks near, rule out jail

April 24, 2015 3:46 PM

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Exclusive: Colombia's ELN rebels say peace talks near, rule out jail

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's second-biggest guerrilla group says exploratory talks with the government are very advanced and the "peace train" could start soon, but warns any deal to end half a century of war will have to rule out jail time for the rebels.

The 2,000-strong National Liberation Army (ELN) has been engaged in closed-door negotiations with the government for 15 months to draw up terms that could lead to a formal peace process. The preliminary talks were kept under wraps for months, and first revealed last June.

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