Colombian rebels urge Non-aligned Movement to help end civil war.

Colombia's leftist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), on Monday urged the Non-Aligned Movement to help end the country's decades-old civil war.

FARC made the appeal in a statement, in which it repeated its intention to start peace talks with the government and offered to send delegates to meet with the Non-Aligned Movement, which is holding its summit in Cuba.

"Also, we are ready to receive delegates in our camps to give out our version of the internal conflict and explain our proposals to arrive at a definitive and lasting peace," said the statement signed by a FARC spokesman.

Colombia, which is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, is sending Vice President Francisco Santos and Foreign Minister Maria Consuelo Araujo to Cuba this week to attend the movement's summit.

FARC, the largest guerrilla group in Colombia with more than 17,000 members, has been operating since the 1960s.

[Source: Xinhua News Agency, 12Sep06]

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