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The head of the armed forces said on Wednesday that Colombia’s military will not stand in the way of a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels, but would defeat the guerrillas on the battlefield if an accord fell through. General Juan Pablo Rodriguez told Reuters in his Bogota office “If for any unfortunate reason the conflict doesn’t end, the military will continue our mission. We will move ahead in the process of neutralizing these terrorist groups.” The government, led by President Juan Manuel Santos, has been in peace talks with the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for nearly two years, in an effort to end a war that has killed more than 200,000 and displaced millions over the past five decades.

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