Colombia's president softens opposition to ceasefire as peace talks progress

January 5, 2015 11:45 PM

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BOGOTA, Colombia – President Juan Manuel Santos has signaled that he could ease his longstanding opposition to a ceasefire in Colombia's armed conflict because recent progress in peace talks with leftist rebels has caused the government to rethink its negotiating strategy.

Santos said on Monday that he's heartened by recent actions by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, including their declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, which he said the group is honoring.

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