Colombia celebrates end of five decades civil war

    Colombia celebrates end of five decades civil war

    June 24, Bogota: Colombians are celebrating the signing of a ceasefire by the government and the Farc rebel movement, which ended after decades of civil war.

    Thousands of people took to the streets in Capital, Bogota hugging each other and singing the national anthem.

    The announcement is seen as one of the last steps before a full peace deal is signed, which is expected within weeks. The longest-running insurgency in the Western hemisphere left some 220,000 people dead and millions displaced.

    Thursday's announcement in Havana caps formal peace talks that started three years ago in the Cuban capital. But it does not mark the start of the ceasefire, which will only begin with the signing of a final accord.

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has previously said he hopes to sign that by the end of July. The Farc in the 21st Century is a strange beast.

    The Oslo Times International News Network