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Cuba: FARC’s leader announces definitive ceasefire01:57

Cuba: FARC’s leader announces definitive ceasefire

Cuba, Havana
August 29, 2016 at 00:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon Jimenez, announced a definitive ceasefire, during a press conference in Havana, Sunday. Jimenez stated that the ceasefire will come into place at midnight on Sunday. Jimenez also pledged to become a political movement within the political framework of Colombia.

The 200-page document consists of six agreements including legislation on rural reforms, political and democratic participation, bilateral ceasefire, demobilisation of the guerrillas, illicit drugs, and reparation payments to victims.

The negotiators from both sides had been holding talks in Havana since 2012 with representatives from Venezuela and Chile observing the process.

This was the fourth attempt between the Colombian government and the FARC group to reach an agreement to stop the conflict which has left some 300,000 dead, 45,000 missing and almost seven million internally displaced.

The next stage of the peace process will come on October 2, when the Colombian people will vote in a referendum as to whether to accept or reject the contents of the agreement.

Cuba: FARC’s leader announces definitive ceasefire01:57
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The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon Jimenez, announced a definitive ceasefire, during a press conference in Havana, Sunday. Jimenez stated that the ceasefire will come into place at midnight on Sunday. Jimenez also pledged to become a political movement within the political framework of Colombia.

The 200-page document consists of six agreements including legislation on rural reforms, political and democratic participation, bilateral ceasefire, demobilisation of the guerrillas, illicit drugs, and reparation payments to victims.

The negotiators from both sides had been holding talks in Havana since 2012 with representatives from Venezuela and Chile observing the process.

This was the fourth attempt between the Colombian government and the FARC group to reach an agreement to stop the conflict which has left some 300,000 dead, 45,000 missing and almost seven million internally displaced.

The next stage of the peace process will come on October 2, when the Colombian people will vote in a referendum as to whether to accept or reject the contents of the agreement.

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