Colombia to temporarily halt bombing of Farc rebels

COLOMBIA, March 11: Mr Santos said the move was in recognition of the fact a unilateral ceasefire declared by Farc was holding.

But operations against another guerrilla group – the National Liberation Army (ELN) – will continue.

Colombia’s government and the Farc are holding peace talks in Cuba.

“In regards to the indefinite, unilateral ceasefire declared by the Farc on December 18, we must recognise that they have fulfilled it,” Mr Santos said in a televised address.

“In order to start the de-escalation of the conflict, I have decided to order the minister of defence and armed forces commanders to stop bombing raids on Farc camps for a month,” he added.