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Mediators, Rebels Set Talks Agenda

From Times Wire Reports

Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani, a Red Cross representative and the Canadian ambassador met with guerrillas in a first step toward ending Peru’s hostage crisis by setting an agenda for talks with the government. Cipriani said the hostages appeared to be fine. The meeting was seen as an important move toward launching the first formal talks between rebel and government leaders since guerrillas of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement took over the the Japanese envoy’s residence Dec. 17, seizing more than 500 hostages. They still hold 72 captives.


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