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| 5/26/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombian rebels seek Farc truce

May 26 -- The leader of Colombia's second-largest rebel group has appealed to the country's largest, the Farc, to end fighting between them.

"We must order a stop to fratricidal war between our two forces," wrote the National Liberation Army (ELN) chief Nicolas "Gambino" Rodriguez.

He sent the message to Alfonso Cano, the new head of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

The ELN has about 1,500 fighters but its organisation is under pressure.
 
The BBC's Jeremy McDermott in Colombia says many ELN units now ignore orders from their leader.
 
Read more here.
 
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