Violence despite Colombia rebels ceasefire

A member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas stops a chiva, a traditional public transport vehicle, at a checkpoint on route between Caloto and Toribio, department of Cauca, Colombia, on October 19, 2013Colombia's FARC rebels began a 30-day unilateral ceasefire Sunday but there was no let-up from government operations which left one guerilla dead. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ordered its units to "cease fire and hostilities for 30 days" from December 15 in a message last week from Havana where peace talks to end Latin America's longest running insurgency are being held. President Juan Manuel Santos' government has rejected the idea of any ceasefire until a peace deal has been signed. The government said the offensive killed a FARC fighter believed to be responsible for a bomb attack against a former minister in Bogota last year which claimed the life of his bodyguard and driver.