Colombia's president says to halt bombings of Marxist rebels for a month

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Posted: Mar 10, 2015 8:29 PM

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's armed forces will halt bombing raids against Marxist FARC rebels for one month, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday, in recognition of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the guerrillas, who are in peace talks with the government.

"In regards to the indefinite, unilateral ceasefire declared by the FARC on Dec. 18, we must recognized that they have fulfilled it," Santos said in a televised address.

"For this reason, and to propel the de-escalation of the conflict, I have decided to order the defense ministry and the leaders of the armed forces to cease bombardments over FARC camps for one month."

(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)