17 government soldiers are killed in an attack by FARC revolutionaries in the Colombian department of Arauca.
After two FARC leaders go into hiding from drug trafficking charges in Colombia and the United States, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro makes a public statement saying they are welcome to take refuge in his country. He also welcomes other FARC rebels to Venezuela, calling them "leaders of peace".
Colombian government and FARC representatives meet in Havana, and President Juan Manuel Santos will meet with presidential predecessors Álvaro Uribe, the accord opposition leader, and Andrés Pastrana Arango, to continue negotiations to end the 52-year war that has killed around a quarter of a million people.
The International Red Cross states that the Colombian FARC rebel group has released its fourth captive over the past few days but failed to release two others. [http:--www.startribune.com-world-116122189.html (AP via "Minneapolis Star-Tribune")]date=August 2019