BOGOTA, Colombia – 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.