Skip to comments.Colombia rebels target US trade pact at peace talks
Posted on 05/22/2007 4:28:11 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
HAVANA, May 22 (Reuters) - Colombia's second largest guerrilla movement said on Tuesday it would agree to a cease-fire if the government dropped a free-trade pact signed in November with the United States.
Setting new conditions for peace, the National Liberation Army (ELN) also demanded a freeze of all privatization of state companies, including the Cartagena oil refinery and 20 percent of the state oil company ECOPETROL.
A cease-fire is the major stumbling block in the peace talks, which began 17 months ago in Havana in a bid to end the Cuban-inspired guerrilla insurgency begun in 1964 by radical students and Catholic priests.
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The only free trade with Colombia the rat party supports is the cocaine trade.