Colombia Peace Talks Break Down The United States says it backs the decision by Colombia's president, Andres Pastrana, to break off peace talks with the FARC rebels. Secretary of State Colin Powell blamed the rebels for not taking advantage of the truce talks to enter into serious negotiations. Pastrana has given the insurgents until Friday to quit the 16,000-square-mile zone he deeded them to jumpstart the talks three years ago. Reporter Steven Dudley in southern Colombia reports on fears among Colombians about what comes next.
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The United States says it backs the decision by Colombia's president, Andres Pastrana, to break off peace talks with the FARC rebels. Secretary of State Colin Powell blamed the rebels for not taking advantage of the truce talks to enter into serious negotiations. Pastrana has given the insurgents until Friday to quit the 16,000-square-mile zone he deeded them to jumpstart the talks three years ago. Reporter Steven Dudley in southern Colombia reports on fears among Colombians about what comes next.