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Colombia's FARC Sets Terms for Prisoner Swap, Peace Talks


Colombia's largest rebel group has proposed terms for a prisoner swap with the government, as a step toward peace talks on ending the country's civil war.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said Monday the Colombian government should withdraw troops from an 800-square kilometer area where talks on a prisoner exchange would take place. The rebel group says the zone in the southwestern state of Valle del Cauca should be kept demilitarized for 45 days.

include a former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, and three American citizens.

FARC says that if its conditions are met, it will seek a political solution to its 42-year long armed conflict with Bogota.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe instructed his government Monday to negotiate with the rebels on setting up a demilitarized zone.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.