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Colombia’s largest guerrilla group has declared a unilateral cease-fire in the latest bid to end an insurgency that has claimed about 75,000 lives in the last 25 years. Jacobo Arenas, leader of the leftist Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, declared in a recorded message broadcast nationwide that the cease-fire has begun. President Virgilio Barco Vargas’ administration has expressed pessimism about the chances of stopping the insurrection.


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