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UN Secretary General pushes for peace in visit to Colombia

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres walks past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Guterres is in Colombia to support the peace initiatives between Colombia's government and rebels of the National Liberation Army, known by its Spanish acronym ELN. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is telling Colombians there is no justification for armed violence following recent attacks by the nation’s last remaining rebel group after the expiration of a temporary cease-fire.

In televised remarks Saturday, Guterres said that peace is the only answer to deep-rooted problems like poverty and inequality.

The United Nations’ chief is in Colombia for a two-day trip aimed at supporting the country’s peace initiatives.

Colombia reached an historic peace agreement in 2016 with the country’s biggest guerrilla group to end Latin America’s longest-running conflict.

Peace talks with rebels from the smaller National Liberation Army experienced setback this week when guerrillas engaged in new attacks after the end of a temporary cease-fire. One soldier was killed and two people injured.

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