The Latest: Colombia leader seeks arrest of rearmed rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the decision of former rebel leaders to return to arms in Colombia (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Colombia’s President Iván Duque is accusing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of providing safe haven to a cadre of demobilized rebel leaders who have just announced they are rearming.

Duque also says he’s offering a nearly $1 million reward for the arrest of the insurgents, who include the former chief negotiator of a 2016 deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

In a televised address Thursday, Duque accused Maduro of sheltering the rebels in violation of anti-terrorism resolutions promoted by the United Nations Security Council.

He also said he spoke with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who pledged his support hunting down the rebels.

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11:30 a.m.

The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia says he and a cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again. They accuse President Iván Duque of failing to uphold the accord that sought to end a half century of bloody fighting.

In a newly released video, Luciano Marin appears alongside some 20 heavily armed insurgents dressed in camouflaged fatigues and condemns the conservative Duque for standing by as hundreds of leftist activists and rebels have been killed since demobilizing as part of the peace deal.

The man known by his nom de guerre of Iván Márquez says “the state hasn’t fulfilled its most important obligation, which is to guarantee the life of its citizens.”

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