Colombia government, rebels in crisis talks after peace deal rejected

October 4, 2016 21:15

HAVANA/BOGOTA - Colombia's government and Marxist guerrillas went back to the drawing board in Havana on Tuesday after a peace deal they painstakingly negotiated over four years was rejected in a shock referendum result.

In a vote that confounded opinion polls and was a disaster for President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombians narrowly rebuffed the pact on Sunday as too lenient on the rebels.

The government said the president's lead negotiators, Humberto de la Calle and Sergio Jaramillo, were back at a Havana convention center on Tuesday meeting Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) counterparts to see if a new deal, stringent enough to satisfy critics, can be hashed out.

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