Colombia: Govt hopeful to reach ceasefire with rebels within a week

Colombia: Govt hopeful to reach ceasefire with rebels within a week

Colombia has seen a bloody civil war since 1964 between the government and left-wing rebels

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Juliana, 20, left, and Mariana, 24, rebel soldiers for the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, listen to a commander speak on the peace negotiations between the rebels and the Colombian government, in a hidden camp in Antioquia, Colombia. (Source: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd,File)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his government may reach an agreement on a bilateral ceasefire with leftist rebels as early as this week.

Santos said at an event in Bogota on Tuesday that both sides are very close to an agreement and that hopefully one could be reached this week.

A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said Santos will travel to Cuba to announce on Thursday a blueprint for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s disarmament. The official said the United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to attend.


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The president’s team of peace negotiators wouldn’t comment on any possible deal or Santos’ travel plans.

Talks to end Colombia’s bloody half-century war have been taking place in Havana for four years.