Colombia extends ceasefire with rebels to save peace deal
14 October 2016, 13:50
Bogota - President Juan Manuel Santos is extending a ceasefire with Colombia's largest rebel movement in a bid to give more time to efforts to save a peace deal rejected by voters.
Santos said in a televised address on Thursday that he was extending the ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia until December 31.
He made the announcement after meeting with students who have been organising demonstrations to demand the accord be implemented immediately despite it being rejected in a referendum.
Santos is engaged in three-way talks with the FARC and the opposition to find ways to adjust the accord so that it enjoys broader support.
He insisted the new date for the ceasefire to expire isn't a deadline and that hopefully talks will succeed before then.