Colombian General Flexes Muscles

It was enough to make a Colombian President wonder if he was still in charge. And for 24 hours or so, Andres Pastrana may not have been. While Pastrana was on a European tour to promote his faltering "peace process," General Javier Arias went on TV back home to reclaim the territory Pastrana had ceded to the country's biggest leftist rebel force, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Pastrana's critics say giving the insurgents the vast swath of land in southern Colombia has failed to yield any concessions from the guerrillas. Yet he is considering ceding a smaller zone in the...

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