Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) speaks during a televised national conference at the presidential palace in Bogota September 5, 2012. Santos announced the team of negotiators (L to R): Elena Ambrosi, Lucia Jaramillo, Frank Pearl, Sergio Jaramillo, President Santos, Humberto de la Calle, Jaime Avendano, Jorge Enrique Mora and Alejandro Eder. Colombia's peace talks with leftist FARC guerrillas to try and end Latin America's longest-running insurgency will begin next month in Norway before moving to Cuba, Santos said on Tuesday. Unlike past failed negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels, there will be no ceasefire this time, Santos said in a national TV address. REUTERS/Javier Casella/Presidency/Handout
Havana - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said on Thursday they will seek a ceasefire at the start of peace talks with the government aimed at ending half a century of war.
“We're going to propose a ceasefire immediately when we sit at the table,” said Mauricio Jaramillo, a senior rebel commander at a press conference in Havana.
The rebels said the talks, the first since a failed attempt at peace a decade ago, were set to begin on Oct. 8 in Norway. Afterwards, they will move to Cuba, officials have said. - Reuters