Colombia rebuffs FARC's 'thorny' ceasefire

A woman with a Colombian national flag takes part in a march against the current peace talks with FARC rebels in Cali, Colombia on December 13, 2014Colombia’s president on Thursday rebuffed a ceasefire by the FARC guerrillas, calling it a gift with “thorns,” as an attack by rival rebel group ELN dashed hopes of a respite from the conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed Wednesday’s declaration of an indefinite unilateral ceasefire by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), but stuck to his refusal to declare a bilateral truce. He underlined that the ceasefire is not unconditional: The FARC have said they will retaliate if their fighters come under attack.

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