Colombia signs historic ceasefire agreement with FARC
June 25, Havana: The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have signed a ceasefire agreement in Havana.
The Negotiators signed the ceasefire agreement, which includes the armed group laying down their arms after more than 50 years of conflict, in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono.
The event was also attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Chile and the Norwegian foreign minister.
Colombia's decades-long civil war has left more than 220,000 people dead and driven millions from their homes.
Supporters of the peace process also fear that too many voters could simply stay home, threatening to leave the referendum below the participation threshold needed to be valid.
Similarly, apart from a framework for a ceasefire, both sides have agreed on a demobilisation plan that will see rebels concentrate in rural areas under government protection and hand over weapons to UN monitors. The peace accord gives the disarmament process a six-month time limit.
The deal also includes security guarantees for the FARC during its transition to a peaceful political party. A similar attempt in the 1980s led to thousands of rebels and their sympathisers being killed by paramilitaries and corrupt soldiers.
The Oslo Times