Pope Francis met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Vatican. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Vatican on Monday (June 15). During the meeting that lasted some 20 minutes, Santos and the pope discussed the peace talks underway between the Colombian government and Marxist rebels. Members of the FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, have stepped up attacks in the country recently calling into question the success of peace negotiations. The 8,000-strong FARC lifted a unilateral ceasefire about three weeks ago and has since hit almost daily at roadways, power networks and crude oil trucks and pipelines, polluting water supplies in the rebels' southwestern stronghold. The insurgent group has been in talks with the government for the last 30 months, seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has killed almost a quarter of a million people. The negotiations have continued despite the intensified attacks.