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Honduras gangs declare a truce, seek talks with government

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo, waves during his presidential inauguration ceremony in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Lobo said Monday, May 27, 2013 that he is backing efforts to arrange a truce between the country's two largest and most violent gangs. Lobo told The Associated Press that he has called Roman Catholic Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro Sula to offer his support in bringing peace to Honduras, which has one of highest homicide rates in the world. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo, waves during his presidential inauguration ceremony in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Lobo said Monday, May 27, 2013 that he is backing efforts to arrange a truce between the country's two largest and most violent gangs. Lobo told The Associated Press that he has called Roman Catholic Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro Sula to offer his support in bringing peace to Honduras, which has one of highest homicide rates in the world. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Honduras' largest and most dangerous street gangs have declared a truce, offering the government peace in exchange for rehabilitation and jobs.

A Mara Salvatrucha spokesman says the gang and a rival known as 18th Street will commit to zero violence and zero crime in the streets as first step show of good faith.

The gang leader identified only as Mario spoke to reporters on Tuesday, apologizing and asking forgiveness from society for the murders and crime that make Honduras one of the most violent countries in the world.

An 18th Street leader spoke to reporters a few minutes later, saying the gang offers the same as the rival Mara Salvatrucha, "if the government will listen." His face was covered in a scarf and he didn't give his name.