Colombian President Gustavo Petro
Colombian President Gustavo Petro. Image Credit: AFP

Bogota: Colombia's government has agreed to a six-month ceasefire with the five main armed groups operating in the country, President Gustavo Petro announced on New Year's Eve.

"We have agreed to a bilateral ceasefire with the ELN, the Second Marquetalia, the Central General Staff, the AGC and the Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra Nevada from January 1 to June 30, 2023, extendable depending on progress in the negotiations," the leftist leader said in a tweet.