Colombia: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels propose cease-fire be observed during peace talks
Colombia’s main leftist rebel group proposed a cease-fire Thursday while it holds peace talks with the government beginning in Norway next month. It also named three negotiators, including a high-ranking guerrilla now imprisoned in the United States.
The rebels said first on their agenda will be a possible truce in the half-century of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
“We will propose a cease-fire the moment we sit down at the table,” said Mauricio Jaramillo, a spokesman and top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. “We are going to discuss it.”
The FARC said the talks will begin Oct. 8 in Oslo.