Cease-fire to end Jan. 20, says Colombia rebel group
ReutersHAVANA -- A unilateral cease-fire declared at the beginning of peace talks with the Colombian government in November will end on Jan. 20 unless the government agrees to also lay down its arms, the country's Marxist FARC rebels said on Wednesday.
January 11, 2013, 12:36 am TWN
The rebels announced the cease-fire on Nov. 19, but said it would last only two months if the government did not observe the truce.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has refused to take part, choosing instead to keep up military pressure to try to force the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, to reach an accord.
“There will not be an extension of a unilateral cease-fire,” FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez told a news conference in the Cuban capital.