Colombia: ELN rebels begin historic truce with Santos government

DWThe ceasefire between Colombia’s last remaining rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), and government troops came into force at 12:01 a.m. (0501 UTC) on Sunday.
“Starting at this moment, and as our Commander Nicolas Rodriguez said, the ELN will fully implement the bilateral ceasefire,” the rebel group wrote on Twitter just after midnight.

The initial truce is expected to last until January 9, 2018, after which it can be renewed. It is the most significant breakthrough to come out of peace talks between the two sides that have been ongoing in Quito, Ecuador, since February. …

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