The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Colombia's FARC say ready to discuss ceasefire


HURDAL, Norway (REUTERS) - Colombia's Marxist FARC guerillas are willing to discuss a ceasefire deal at any point during their peace talks with the government, negotiator Ricardo Tellez told a news conference on Thursday.

"I'm sure they need a few more dead, a few more mutilated," Mr Tellez said. "We believe the country needs no more, at any point we are willing to consider this."

Government negotiators earlier said there would be no ceasefire until a comprehensive deal is reached.

Colombia's government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels on Thursday formally launched peace talks in Norway aimed at ending nearly five decades of a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.