Colombia suspends rebel arrest warrants, hopes to restart peace talks
23 August 2022 | 5:29 am
Gustavo Petro, Colombia's newly elected president, hopes to end nearly 60 years of conflict. Petro himself is a former member of the M-19 insurgency.
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