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Colombia rebels begin indefinite, unilateral ceasefire

Residents and policemen carry the corpses of five soldiers killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla during combat in a rural area of Santander de Quilichao, Department of Cauca, Colombia, on December 19, 2014Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations — but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army. “Today, the FARC’s unilateral and indefinite ceasefire began. I hope it will turn into a bilateral and final ceasefire, and we can put an end to a war that’s lasted more than 50 years,” President Juan Manuel Santos said at a ceremony in La Guajira in the country’s northeast. Santos, who earlier had called the ceasefire “a positive gesture that goes in the right direction,” added that he hoped the move would facilitate ongoing peace talks in Havana.

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