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Colombian rebels say unilateral cease-fire to end, call for faster pace to peace talks in Cuba

Colombia's main rebel group says it will end its unilateral cease-fire this weekend despite ongoing peace talks.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is also calling on the government to show that it is serious about making progress in the negotiations by moving ahead more quickly. Talks restarted Monday in the Cuban capital after a month-long Christmas break.

The rebels' chief negotiator, Ivan Marquez, says it is time for "clear proposals" from the government side. He also has outlined specific measures for agrarian reform, one of the main points of contention between the sides.

Talks began in October in Oslo, Norway and continued the following month in Havana. The rebels have been fighting the Colombian government since the 1960s. The rebels' cease-fire ends Sunday.