Colombia's leftist FARC rebels declare unilateral cease-fire

December 17, 2014 10:53 PM

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Leftist rebels negotiating a peace agreement with the Colombian government on Wednesday declared a unilateral and indefinite cease-fire in hope of drawing a reciprocal halt by the armed forces, something President Juan Manuel Santos has so far resisted.

In a communique from Havana, where talks have been underway since November 2012, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials FARC, said the cease-fire would take effect in early Saturday and would end only if soldiers or police attacked rebel units.

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