September 4, 2017 / 2:10 PM / in a year

Colombian president confirms bilateral ceasefire with ELN rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed on Monday that the government has agreed to a bilateral ceasefire with the ELN rebel group that will last 102 days.

FILE PHOTO: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at an event in Bogota, Colombia, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

“The priority is to protect citizens, so during this period, kidnappings, attacks on oil pipelines and other hostilities against the civilian population will cease,” Santos said in a televised speech.

Reporting by Bogota newsroom; Editing by Paul Simao

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