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Colombia: ‘We are going to end violence forever’ - Santos extends FARC bilateral ceasefire00:55

Colombia: ‘We are going to end violence forever’ - Santos extends FARC bilateral ceasefire

Colombia, Bogota
October 14, 2016 at 06:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced that the ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be extended to December 31st, during a televised address on from Bogota, Thursday.

Santos, who was the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said in a televised address: "I have taken the decision to prolong the bilateral ceasefire until the 31st of December. It has to be clear, crystal clear, that this is neither an ultimatum nor a deadline. I hope all this process to achieve a new deal will end much before.”

He went on to express his optimism – “Compatriots, we are going to make it, we are going to end violence forever.”

Following almost four years of negotiations between FARC and the government, the parties completed talks on the final peace deal on August 24. The final deal was put to a plebiscite on October 3, wherein which 50.2 percent of electorate voted against the motion. FARC leader Timoleon Rodriguez, nom de guerre Timochenko, has expressed his confidence that the deal will be revived.

FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending the armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012. The resistance between Colombian state and FARC took lives of 260,000 people and influenced another 6 million of people.

Video Courtesy of Presidencia De La Republica Colombia.

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President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced that the ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be extended to December 31st, during a televised address on from Bogota, Thursday.

Santos, who was the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said in a televised address: "I have taken the decision to prolong the bilateral ceasefire until the 31st of December. It has to be clear, crystal clear, that this is neither an ultimatum nor a deadline. I hope all this process to achieve a new deal will end much before.”

He went on to express his optimism – “Compatriots, we are going to make it, we are going to end violence forever.”

Following almost four years of negotiations between FARC and the government, the parties completed talks on the final peace deal on August 24. The final deal was put to a plebiscite on October 3, wherein which 50.2 percent of electorate voted against the motion. FARC leader Timoleon Rodriguez, nom de guerre Timochenko, has expressed his confidence that the deal will be revived.

FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending the armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012. The resistance between Colombian state and FARC took lives of 260,000 people and influenced another 6 million of people.

Video Courtesy of Presidencia De La Republica Colombia.