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The ceasefire commits the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to completely demobilize within six months of the signing of one more accord — the final peace deal — that is expected very soon.
Meanwhile, ongoing peace talks between rebels and the Colombian government have been repeatedly hampered by entrenched hostilities and kidnappings.
The government's decision to publicly blame the ELN for the disappearance of a Spanish correspondent and two Colombian TV journalists effectively rules out an advance in promised peace talks with the rebels. The ELN has yet to respond.
The country’s second largest rebel group also decreed a 72-hour prohibition of commercial activity in areas it controls. The show of force comes as Colombia’s largest guerrilla force, the FARC, prepares to sign peace with the government.
A coalition of human-rights groups said the 15 people arrested were mostly students and rights defenders in the 20s and 30s. The government has so far released no evidence directly linking them to the ELN.
Sunday's presidential runoff election may determine whether the country's brutal 50-year insurgency finally comes to an end.