Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on the weekend once again ordered a halt to military bombardments directed against the FARC guerrillas, a measure he also took in March to reduce the intensity of the internal conflict but which he cancelled a month later after a rebel attack that killed 11 soldiers.
"I gave the order to suspend, starting (Saturday) the aerial bombardments of camps where there may be a concentration of members of that organization. They will only be ... carried out on the explicit order of the president," Santos announced during a military ceremony in the northern city of Cartagena.
The measure, which has no pre-set time limit, will continue "if the camps are removed from population centers, do not constitute a threat to the public, the public forces, the infrastructure or proselytize," he added.
However, he said that despite this measure the government "will continue guaranteeing the security of Colombians and the rule of law" and prosecuting crime.
This is Bogota's first initiative to reduce the intensity of the armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, since the two sides' negotiators agreed to do so on July 12.
The FARC has been observing a unilateral and open-ended cease-fire it declared on July 20, which Santos has said will be continuously evaluated to ensure that it continues to remain in place.