WORLD : Drug Bosses Halt Colombia War

From Times Wire Services

A day after the president made a revised peace offer to drug traffickers, the country’s cocaine barons have said they are suspending their all-out war against the government.

“We have decided to reconsider the declaration of total war, and abstain from any military action for the moment,” said a statement late Wednesday from “The Extraditables,” as members of the Medellin drug cartel call themselves.

But the drug bosses insisted that police are still “torturing, abducting and murdering” their friends. And they said police, not drug elements, last week killed Diana Turbay, a journalist and daughter of a former president, during a police raid on a ranch south of Medellin.