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Colombia's leader, predecessor discuss defeated peace accord

  • In this photo released by Colombia's presidencial press office, Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe, left, shakes hands with current President Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Uribe was a vocal critic of the peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, that was narrowly rejected by voters in a referendum on Oct. 2. (Efrain Herrera/Colombia's presidencial press office via AP)

    In this photo released by Colombia's presidencial press office, Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe, left, shakes hands with current President Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Uribe was a vocal critic of the peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, that was narrowly rejected by voters in a referendum on Oct. 2. (Efrain Herrera/Colombia's presidencial press office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colombia’s former President Andres Pastrana talks to journalists after meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Pastrana was a vocal critic of the peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, that was narrowly rejected by voters in a referendum on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia’s former President Andres Pastrana talks to journalists after meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Pastrana was a vocal critic of the peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, that was narrowly rejected by voters in a referendum on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos leaves the podium after speaking to journalists on his meeting with opposition Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Uribe was a vocal critic of a peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and led a successful campaign for voters that narrowly reject the deal in a referendum. on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos leaves the podium after speaking to journalists on his meeting with opposition Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Uribe was a vocal critic of a peace deal signed between Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and led a successful campaign for voters that narrowly reject the deal in a referendum. on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

Colombia's government is advancing in talks with the opposition as it tries to save a peace accord with leftist rebels that was narrowly rejected by voters.

President Juan Manuel Santos met Wednesday with his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, for several hours. The two agreed to form a commission that will begin meeting Thursday to evaluate ways to improve the accord signed last month with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Uribe helped elect Santos but the two later split and hadn't met since 2011.

The hardliner Uribe led the grassroots campaign against the peace deal, capitalizing on widespread hatred of the FARC.

It's not clear whether the rebels will agree to reopen talks. But Uribe is pushing for stiffer punishment of the rebels and limits on their future participation in politics.