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Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire ahead of peace talks in Cuba

A top Colombian rebel negotiator has announced a unilateral cease-fire at the start of peace talks in Havana.

Ivan Marquez says the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have decided to stop all military operations and acts of sabotage from midnight Monday through Jan. 20.

Marquez made the announcement Monday before heading in with the rest of the FARC delegation for talks at a Havana convention center.

Colombian government negotiators have not yet responded to the overture, and Marquez has refused to take any questions.

Cuba is playing host to the talks in Havana following an initial round of discussions in Oslo, Norway. The FARC has been at war with the Colombian government for nearly half a century.