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| 12/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia's two biggest rebel groups say may unite

Dec 18--Colombia's two biggest rebel groups said on Wednesday they may join forces against the state after years of being pushed onto the defensive by the U.S.-backed security policies of President Alvaro Uribe., 111176

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) issued a surprise joint statement in which they threatened to unite with "force and belligerence" in their fight against the conservative Uribe.

The two groups, labeled terrorists by Washington, have deep ideological differences but now appear willing to consider uniting for the sake of survival.

"We are on our way toward working for unity," said the statement signed by the FARC and ELN. It was published on the ANNCOL news agency website (http://anncol.eu/) which is often the first to carry Colombian rebel statements.
 
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