Announcement follows Havana peace accord to end five decades of war that will go to October referendum
The commander of Colombias biggest rebel movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, has said its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government from the first minute of Monday, as a result of a peace accord for ending five decades of war.
Timolen Jimenez made the announcement on Sunday in Havana, Cuba, where the two sides negotiated for four years before announcing the peace deal in midweek.
Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war, said Jimenez, who is also known as Timochenko. All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced on Friday that his military would cease attacks on Farc, beginning on Monday.
Colombia is expected to hold a national referendum on 2 October, to give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed more than 220,000 lives and driven more than 5 million people from their homes.
After the agreement is signed, Farc guerrillas are supposed to begin handing their weapons over to United Nations-sponsored monitors.
News of the deal was welcomed by regional governments and the UN. Barack Obama also welcomed the deal.