The Colombian Ombudman’s Office said Thursday that the FARC violated its month-long unilateral ceasefire despite displaying a marked decrease in violence, according to Colombian W Radio.
According to the Ombudsman’s Office, the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, is responsible for multiple acts of violence during the ceasefire it declared between December 15 and January 15.
The Ombudsman’s Office claim that the FARC is behind acts of harassment in the town of El Doncello, in the southern department of Caqueta, as well as two bombings that occurred in Anori and Briceno, both in the state of Antioquia.
The Center of Resources for the Analysis of Conflicts (CERAC) issued a report claiming that the ceasefire reduced overall violence by 65%. The number is comparable to those seen in a similar 2012 ceasefire, which lasted two months.
The FARC has been negotiating a possible peace agreement with the Colombian government in Cuba since November of 2012, but no joint ceasefire was agreed to prior to the start of talks. The first round of this year’s dialogue started on January 13 and will revolve around the topic of illicit drugs cultivation in Colombia.