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Ambassadors Urge Colombian Rebel Group to Declare Cease-Fire


Ambassadors from Spain, Brazil and Venezuela met with a jailed Colombian rebel leader Friday in hopes of securing a cease-fire between his leftist group and Colombia's government.

The officials traveled to a high-security prison in northwest Colombia to meet with Francisco Galan, a spokesman for the National Liberation Army, or ELN. They want the group to halt armed operations and enter peace talks with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's government.

The ELN and a larger guerrilla group are fighting in a long-running civil war that also involves right-wing paramilitaries.

A Mexican diplomat met with Mr. Galan last year to push for an ELN cease-fire. Mexico has offered to monitor negotiations between the group and Colombia's government.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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