By Jim Wyss
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday welcomed the decision by the country’s largest guerrilla group to declare a unilateral ceasefire, but said the armed forces would not let down their guard or quit defending the population.
On Wednesday, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced an indefinite ceasefire and asked the international community to verify the détente. They also said they would only break the ceasefire if they were attacked.
“We value this gesture of a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire but we cannot accept conditions like international verification,” Santos said in the town of Quibdó in northern Colombia. He also said he had a constitutional and legal obligation “to defend the security and liberty of all Colombians in every corner of the country.”