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Colombia / Farc Rebels #431584

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Aug 19, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Caqueta, Colombia: Lucia Newman) The 40-year guerrilla war in Colombia between the government and rebels featured; scenes shown from San Vicente, Colombia, capital of a huge demilitarized zone. [Two PEOPLE - (thru translator) says things have improved since the guerrillas arrived.] [Colombian President Andres PASTRANA - says we need gestures of peace from the guerrillas.] The guerrillas' escalation of the armed conflict noted. [Political-military analyst Alfredo RANGEL - (thru translator) says the guerrillas have strengthened and expanded.] [FARC rebel "HUMBERTO" - (thru translator) explains why he joined the rebels.] The financing of the guerrillas' operation by the booming business of kidnapping for ransom noted. [FARC commander Raul REYS - (thru translator) defends the kidnapping; wants a modern socialism.] ["El Tiempo" newspaper Pacho SANTOS - cites the guerrillas' low approval rating in the country; says the paramilitaries are growing like brush fire.] [US drug policy adviser retired General Barry McCAFFREY - says only the Colombian legal system will be involved, not the US.]

Newman, Lucia;
Woodruff, Judy

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