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Cuba: FARC will continue to fight for peace deal – Commander Jimenez01:25

Cuba: FARC will continue to fight for peace deal – Commander Jimenez

Cuba, Havana
October 3, 2016 at 02:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Top commanders of the "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia" (FARC) gathered to watch from Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, as the referendum results on the peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government came in.

Colombians rejected the terms of the peace deal by 50.24%. The referendum had a low turnout, at less than 40%.

FARC commander Timoleon Jimenez spoke about the referendum results saying, "With today’s result we now have a bigger challenge as a political movement and we will have to be stronger to build a lasting peace."

The commander went on to commit to a continuation of the ceasefire, "The FARC guerrilla still has the will to achieve peace and reiterates its desire to work for peace in Colombia. [FARC] will use words as the only weapon to decide the future."

Reaching a deal with FARC was an pledge Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos committed to before his 2010 election victory. On September 27, after 52-years of bloody conflict, a 297-page agreement was signed by Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez (also known as Timochenko) following almost four years of negotiations.

Cuba: FARC will continue to fight for peace deal – Commander Jimenez01:25
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Top commanders of the "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia" (FARC) gathered to watch from Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, as the referendum results on the peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government came in.

Colombians rejected the terms of the peace deal by 50.24%. The referendum had a low turnout, at less than 40%.

FARC commander Timoleon Jimenez spoke about the referendum results saying, "With today’s result we now have a bigger challenge as a political movement and we will have to be stronger to build a lasting peace."

The commander went on to commit to a continuation of the ceasefire, "The FARC guerrilla still has the will to achieve peace and reiterates its desire to work for peace in Colombia. [FARC] will use words as the only weapon to decide the future."

Reaching a deal with FARC was an pledge Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos committed to before his 2010 election victory. On September 27, after 52-years of bloody conflict, a 297-page agreement was signed by Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez (also known as Timochenko) following almost four years of negotiations.

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