The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos has announced that a peace agreement will be signed later today between the government and the rebel group, Farc. According to the BBC, along with Colombia’s security forces, the Farc have accepted the establishment of special tribunals in addition to a truth and reconciliation process.
President Santos stated that: “The signature of the deal is simply the end of the conflict. Then the hard work starts: reconstructing our country.” The President said that peace with the Farc will increase financial growth and help to rebuild the social fabric of Colombia.
As part of the peace deal, the Farc, also known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, will be relaunched as a political party.
The signing of the agreement, which will take place between President Santos and Farc leader Timoleon Jimenez, is historic as it will end over 50 years of fighting between the government of Colombia and various factions in which 260,000 people have died and more than six million have been internally displaced.
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Text source: www.bbc.co.uk (Monday, 26th September 2016)