Colombia's President and Farc leader announce peace deal

    Colombia's President and Farc leader announce peace deal

    Sept.24, Cuba: Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos and top leader of the Farc rebel group Rodrigo Londono, known as Timoleon Jimenez or Timochenko have announced a breakthrough in peace negotiations that brings their country closer to ending more than five decades of conflict.

    They also announced the creation of a truth commission and an amnesty law.

    The announcement marks a major step toward ending the hemisphere’s last guerrilla conflict, which has claimed some 220,000 lives and led many
    rural Colombians to uproot and move to urban slums.

    The agreement is seen as a major breakthrough after nearly three years of peace talks hosted by Cuba. The talks have been taking place since November 2012 in Havana.

    The final accord would be signed within six months and 23 March 2016 we will be bidding farewell to the longest-running conflict of the Americas.
    Speaking to the press President Santos said, "The time for peace has arrived."

    Negotiators from the government and the Farc, Colombia's largest rebel group, have already reached agreement on land reform, political participation and illegal drugs.
    The Oslo Times


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