Colombian gov’t, FARC guerrillas reach peace agreement after years of talks

The Colombian government and the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced on August 24 that they have reached a final agreement to conclude the peace negotiations that had been held for nearly four years in Havana.

The final document was endorsed by the chief negotiator of the FARC delegation, commander Ivan Marquez, and his governmental counterpart Humberto de la Calle, followed by the representatives of the guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway.

The peace accord will be submitted to a popular plebiscite for the Colombian people to have the final say on the end of a 52-year civil war.

The conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC started in the 1960s as an uprising for land rights. It has left about 260,000 people dead, 45,000 missing and nearly 7 million displaced, according to official figures.

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