Colombia on Thursday was to resume peace talks with FARC guerrillas aimed at ending the half-century conflict despite the kidnapping of two police officers by the leftist insurgent group.

"The order of the president (Juan Manuel Santos) to the police is to keep pursuing the FARC. The order to this delegation is to continue working on a deal to end the conflict. We will not be diverted from this objective," chief government negotiator Humberto De la Calle said late Wednesday.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) confirmed earlier on Wednesday that it had captured two police officers and were holding them as "prisoners of war," in a move that could undermine the peace talks.AFP