Colombia to sign new peace accord with FARC rebels

Colombia to sign new peace accord with FARC rebels

Colombia to sign new peace accord with FARC rebels

Written by Tharushan Fernando

23 Nov, 2016 | 7:33 am

Colombia’s government said that it will sign a new peace accord with FARC rebels.

The new revised agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote after a previous deal was rejected in a referendum last month

The deal is aimed at ending more than fifty years of civil war, in which more than 220,000 people have been killed,But opposition groups say it still does not go far enough in punishing rebels for human rights abuses

“We have the unique opportunity to close this painful chapter in our history that has bereaved and afflicted millions of Colombians for half a century.” said President Juan Manuel Santos

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