Colombia & F.A.R.C. sign historic peace accord

Aug 25, 2016, 12:11 AM EDT
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The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (F.A.R.C.) signed a historic peace agreement on Wednesday, putting an end to more than 50 years of conflict. A government official said that the negotiators from both sides held meetings over the past week to finalize the key issues.

On June 23, the Colombian government and the F.A.R.C. rebels signed a ceasefire deal, agreeing that the process of laying down arms would be completed within 180 days but a number of technical details have delayed the proceedings, notes Sputnik News.

The accord, which will oversee the demobilization of fighters and their social and political integration, will be subjected to a referendum before it comes into force, writes Al Jazeera. Recent opinion polls show that a majority of Colombians will vote in favor of the deal.

The agreement with the F.A.R.C. rebels is unlikely to bring the Colombian bloodshed to a complete end, reports Reuters. The collapse of talks with leftists National Liberation Army (E.L.N.) and the dominance of several drug gangs over some trafficking routes pose a serious challenge before the authorities seeking to restore peace in the region.