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Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

Colombia's last rebel force said Friday it is making progress towards a possible ceasefire, which the government hopes will definitively end half a century of civil conflict. "We have now begun discussions about a ceasefire," said Pablo Beltran, chief negotiator for the National Liberation Army (ELN). He said such a move "as well as halting offensive operations between the sides would bring humanitarian aid to the population" in conflict zones.
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