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Colombia, F.A.R.C. rush to save peace process

Oct 04, 2016, 3:53 AM EDT
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
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Within hours after Colombian voters handed down a shock result by rejecting a peace deal with F.A.R.C. rebels, President Juan Manuel Santos met several political leaders and constituted a team of senior government officials to hold discussions with the opposition on modifying the accord.  Former President and leader of “no” campaign for the referendum on the peace deal, Alvaro Uribe, has criticized the agreement, which he says offers “impunity” to rebels, who committed serious crimes during 52 years of conflict.

Uribe, a senator and leader of the Democratic Centre party, demands that the rebels who committed war atrocities should serve prison sentences and some of the rebels should be barred from entering the country’s politics, reports the BBC.

Those who voted against the recently signed peace deal have expressed disappointment over the government’s plan, which they say doles out political and financial “rewards for criminal behavior,” even as honest citizens reel under a faltering economy.

Amid growing voices in favor of renegotiating the accord with the F.A.R.C., rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, better known as Timochenko, said that the group will remain faithful to what has been agreed, writes The Guardian.

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