The United States is providing military intelligence to fight paramilitary groups formed from the now-defunct AUC, according to President Juan Manuel Santos.

“The most effective strategy against these organizations is intelligence,” President Juan Manuel Santos told Caracol Radio.

The United States and Colombia had already announced the formation of a special task force to combat groups like “Los Urabeños,” that were formed by paramilitaries who refused to demobilize after peace talks between 2002 and 2005.

The group, currently the most powerful of paramilitary groups, has been pressing to again be included in peace talks currently held with the FARC and ELN, their arch enemies, but Santos flatly rejected this possibility.

“The paramilitaries had their fifteen minutes with Justice and Peace, they were given the opportunity to reintegrate, and now that is over,” Colombia’s president said.

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