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Colombia's rebels stick by cease-fire after deadly attack

Colombian rebels maintain commitment to unilateral cease-fire

Colombia's rebels stick by cease-fire after deadly attack

HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group says it's sticking to a unilateral cease-fire despite a deadly attack on soldiers last week by one of its own units.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia read a statement Monday from Havana at the end of the latest round of two-year-old peace talks.

Guerrilla leader Ivan Marquez said the negotiations aimed at ending the half-century conflict must continue at all costs. He blames the government's failure to declare a truce for tragedies like the one last week, when rebels killed 11 members of an army platoon while they were sleeping.

To outraged Colombians the attack seemed a clear violation of the unilateral cease-fire the rebels declared in December.


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:10 GMT+08:00