Member of Colombian Rebel Peace Team Killed in Aerial Bombing

A guerrilla commander said on Wednesday, the Colombian armed forces' aerial bombing campaign against leftist guerrillas killed a member of the rebel negotiating team who had participated in peace talks being held in Cuba. Jairo Martinez, a veteran of two separate peace processes, was one of 27 rebels killed last Thursday in Cauca province, in a raid that led rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to end a five-month unilateral cease-fire. Martinez was also involved in peace talks during the government of President Andres Pastrana, who held office from 1998 to 2002. FARC leader Pastor Alape told reporters in Havana, although he was active in the Havana talks, he was in Colombia on an education mission when he was caught in the attack.



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