Colombia F.A.R.C. rebels declare definitive truce

Aug 29, 2016, 12:45 AM EDT
(Source: Alejandro Cortés/flickr)
(Source: Alejandro Cortés/flickr)

Following four years of peace talks in Cuba, the commander of Colombia’s biggest rebel movement, the F.A.R.C., announced that the group’s fighters will end hostilities against the government on Monday.  The announcement by F.A.R.C. leader Rodrigo Londono marks the end of 52-year-old insurgency in the country, which has claimed more than 220,000 lives and displaced about 5 million others.

Londono said, "Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war.'' The definitive ceasefire, dubbed as a “historic step” for ending decades of political violence in Colombia, came after President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree to end all military operations against the F.A.R.C., writes the BBC. The two sides are expected to sign a final peace deal by the end of September.

The peace agreement will be subjected to a referendum on October 2, reports The Guardian. According to the agreement, the F.A.R.C. rebels will lay down their weapons to United Nations-sponsored monitors and the government will ensure safety and political and social integration of the fighters. The U.N. and regional governments have welcomed the formal announcement of a definitive ceasefire by the leftist group.