Colombian FARC: ‘All military operations against government forces come to a halt’

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PressTVThe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has announced a two-month ceasefire after negotiations with the Colombian government.

“The leadership has ordered that all military operations against government forces come to a halt,” head of the FARC delegation Ivan Marquez said, adding that the ceasefire would begin Tuesday midnight and last through January 20.

No statement has yet been released by the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

A delegation of 30 representatives including the Colombian government, FARC members and representatives from Venezuela and Chile began formal peace talks on Monday in the main convention center in Cuban capital.

The talks in Havana are a continuation of earlier negotiations launched last month in Norway.

The peace negotiations are the first to be held between the two sides in 10 years.

The conflict began in 1964 when FARC was established as a communist agrarian faction to protest against the concentration of land ownership and social inequalities in the country.

According to UN figures, fighting between the two sides has left thousands of people dead and displaced about four million others. – November 19, 2012


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