UN Secretary General pushes for peace in visit to Colombia

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres walks past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, shake hands as they pose for photos during a welcoming cer

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, embraces U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential pala

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is telling Colombians there is no justification for armed violence following recent attacks by the nation's last remaining rebel group after the expiration of a temporary cease-fire.

In televised remarks Saturday, Guterres said that peace is the only answer to deep-rooted problems like poverty and inequality.

The United Nations' chief is in Colombia for a two-day trip aimed at supporting the country's peace initiatives.

Colombia reached an historic peace agreement in 2016 with the country's biggest guerrilla group to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

Peace talks with rebels from the smaller National Liberation Army experienced setback this week when guerrillas engaged in new attacks after the end of a temporary cease-fire. One soldier was killed and two people injured.