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Colombia ceasefire 'will not stop govt fighting crime'

Soldiers and police will continue to combat kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking, illegal mining and human trafficking after the ceasefire officially begins with the FARC Monday, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas saidColombia’s defense minister has insisted the historic ceasefire with FARC rebels will not end the country’s commitment to fight crime, as a judge on Friday issued arrest warrants for leaders of another group also pushing for a peace deal. President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire with the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), due to start on Monday, after the two sides reached a deal to end their half-century conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead and forced millions to flee their homes. A smaller Colombian leftist rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), is hoping to reach a similar peace deal — but on Friday a judge ordered the arrest of the its top leaders for crimes that include their role in the destruction of oil pipelines.

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