Farc rebels to seek ceasefire
Colombia's largest rebel group will propose a mutual ceasefire when it sits down with government negotiators next month for the start of peace talks aimed at ending a half-century of civil conflict in the country.
The proposal was made by Mauricio Jaramillo, a representative of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, at the rebel group's first press conference in at least a decade.
Speaking from Havana, Cuba, Jaramillo said that the Farc had given up the practice of kidnapping and currently holds no hostages.
President Juan Manuel Santos announced this week that he agreed to hold peace talks with Farc beginning with a meeting next month in Oslo, Norway.
The talks come after a decade of military strikes withered the insurgents' ranks, including the high-profile killings of top Farc commanders Raul Reyes in 2008 and Alfonso Cano in 2011.