Colombia's President Santos tries to save peace deal

    Colombia's President Santos tries to save peace deal

    Oct. 4, Havana: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has appointed a team of senior government officials to launch talks with the opposition on changes to a peace deal with the Farc rebel group.

    Mr Santos made the announcement after meeting with political party leaders.

    The peace deal was rejected by a narrow margin in a referendum on Sunday.

    Former President Alvaro Uribe, who led the "no" campaign, did not attend the meeting but appointed three negotiators to hold talks with the government.

    Mr Uribe, a senator and leader of the Democratic Centre party, wants rebels who committed serious crimes to serve prison sentences and for some of the Farc leaders to be banned from politics.

    The peace deal was signed last week after nearly four years of negotiations, which were held in the Cuban capital, Havana.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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