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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:20 PM

Colombian rebels call truce as peace talks start

Source: Reuters

Colombian rebels call truce as peace talks start
By Jeff Franks and Helen Murphy and Jack Kimball | Reuters 15 minutes ago

HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist rebels called a two-month unilateral ceasefire on Monday, the first truce in more than a decade, as delicate peace talks began in Cuba to try to end a half century of war.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' government reiterated, however, that there would be no halt to military operations until a final peace deal is signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC.

The rebel group said it would halt all offensive military operations and acts of sabotage against infrastructure beginning at midnight on Monday and running through January 20.

"This decision by the FARC is a decisive contribution to strengthen the climate of understanding needed so the parties ... can achieve the purpose desired by all Colombians," lead rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez said, standing outside a convention center for the start of talks in Havana.

Read more: http://in.news.yahoo.com/colombian-rebels-call-truce-peace-talks-start-230252719.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:28 PM

1. Colombia's defense minister rejects FARC-cease-fire

Colombia's defense minister rejects FARC-cease-fire
Article by: Associated Press
Updated: November 19, 2012 - 4:28 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's defense minister says the country's armed forces will not honor a cease-fire that FARC rebels unilaterally declared as peace talks opened in Havana.

Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon was responding to the announcement of a unilateral cease-fire earlier Monday by top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez.

Marquez declared a two-month cease-fire effective Monday night.

Pinzon said in a brief statement to reporters in Bogota that Colombia's military has the "constitutional duty to pursue all criminals who have violated the Constitution."

He said that as a result, what he called "the terrorists" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia would be pursued "for all the crimes they have committed over so many years."

http://www.startribune.com/world/180027761.html?refer=y

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:34 PM

2. Sounds like the Colombian government isn't really interested in achieving peace...

...but more in crushing the FARC. How's that worked out for the past 48 years?

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:21 PM

3. With the help of the USA it is quite profitable for Colombia.

If there were peace inroads made, then the candy store would dry up. As always it's about the money.

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