UN Secretary General pushes for peace in visit to Colombia

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Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:09 PM
UN Secretary General pushes for peace in visit to Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is telling Colombians there is no justification for armed violence following recent attacks by the nation's last remaining rebel group after the expiration of a temporary cease-fire.

In televised remarks Saturday, Guterres said that peace is the only answer to deep-rooted problems like poverty and inequality.

The United Nations' chief is in Colombia for a two-day trip aimed at supporting the country's peace initiatives.

Colombia reached an historic peace agreement in 2016 with the country's biggest guerrilla group to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

Peace talks with rebels from the smaller National Liberation Army experienced setback this week when guerrillas engaged in new attacks after the end of a temporary cease-fire. One soldier was killed and two people injured.