Santos didn't propose any cutoff date to conclude peace talks taking place the last two years in Cuba between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. But he warned the guerrillas that the country's patience is wearing thin.
    
"Don't be deaf to us Colombians who are clamoring that the time to end the war has come. Time limits to negotiations need to be put in place," he said on Friday in remarks at a reception for visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Earlier in the day, Santos attended a memorial for the 11 soldiers, the majority from poor families, who were killed Tuesday during a midnight FARC attack in a rural hamlet in southwestern Colombia.

The attack came as a shock to normally battle-hardened Colombians because it occurred after months of steady progress in negotiations that saw the FARC declare a unilateral cease-fire and the government respond with a suspension of air raids on rebel camps.
    
Following the attack, Santos ordered the air strikes to resume. But conservative critics, and some members of the military, want him to go even further.
    
While Santos said he shares Colombians' outrage over the attack, he gave no indication he is considering ending talks, saying he was elected to pursue peace not perpetuate war.
    
The FARC's leadership in Havana is also making an effort to overcome the latest crisis, saying talks should continue at all costs. The group also blames Santos for not committing to a two-sided truce ahead of a peace accord, which it says is the only way to prevent further bloodshed.

Latest News from World News Desk