Colombian rebel group agrees to 'unilateral ceasefire' and release of captives

In a significant step towards peace, the Colombian rebel group Segunda Marquetalia declared a ceasefire and committed to releasing captives following successful negotiations with the government. This marks the third set of peace talks initiated under President Gustavo Petro's administration, which has faced numerous challenges in its quest to resolve more than six decades of conflict involving various armed groups.

A Colombian splinter group of former FARC guerrillas known as Segunda Marquetalia has agreed to a "unilateral ceasefire" and the release of captives following negotiations with the government, according to a joint statement Saturday.

The talks, held in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, are the third launched under Colombia's leftist President Gustavo Petro, who has faced multiple obstacles in his efforts to end six decades of conflict between his country's security forces, guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and drug gangs.

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Segunda Marquetalia is a rebel group that broke away from a historic 2016 ceasefire deal with FARC guerillas.

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