War-weary Colombians got some good news Monday when that country’s largest rebel group, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, announced a two-month unilateral cease fire on its website. (Yes, the group has a website.)
The FARC’s decision comes as peace talks between the Marxist rebel group and Colombia’s government got underway in Cuba this week.
But not everyone is optimistic about the negotiations. Some analysts suggest the rebels' decision to enter into negotiations is really intended to buy the FARC time to regroup, just as it did a decade ago when then-President Andres Pastrana ceded a swath of territory during negotiations. Those efforts failed after the FARC ramped up the kidnapping of civilians and political figures.
But these talks appear to come at a very different moment. Colombia’s armed forces have captured or killed key FARC leaders, weakening it, and public support for the rebels has declined.