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    HAVANA (AP) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist FARC rebels agreed Thursday on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country to the brink of ending a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead.

    At a ceremony in Havana, Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timochenko, watched as their lead negotiators signed a deal laying out how 7,000 rebel fighters will demobilize and hand over their weapons once a peace accord is implemented. In attendance were U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a special U.S. envoy and the presidents of Cuba, Chile and Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

    In the Colombian capital, Bogota, hundreds of people watched the ceremony broadcast live on a giant screen, hugging each other, signing the national anthem and waving the Colombian flag as the two sides signed the deal. Some cried.
    AP - Full Article

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    Now they just have to 'execute'.
    Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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      Don't count on a "cease fire". Another view of the countryside ...
      Raped for speaking out against rape
      EXCERPT:
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      Like one in every 10 Colombians, she has become a refugee in her own country. Nearly seven million people have been uprooted and more than 220,000 killed since 1964 when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), took up arms against the state to demand social equality and land reform. And although the Farc has agreed a ceasefire and there is a hope for an end to the insurgency, other armed groups, including right-wing paramilitaries, still terrorise large areas of the country.
      ...
      Officially these right-wing militias no longer exist. They were demobilised a decade ago but many have resurfaced or mutated into criminal gangs. Originally under an umbrella group, the AUC (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia) or United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, they were financed by landowners and drug traffickers, who wanted protection against kidnappings and extortion carried out by left-wing guerrillas.
      ...
      According to Hector Fabio Henao, a Catholic bishop who played a leading role in the peace process between the Colombian government and the Farc, armed groups are increasingly targeting people like Maria, who speak out against them, or champion causes that conflict with their interests.

      In one four-week period earlier this year, 13 human rights activists, environmental campaigners and community leaders from indigenous tribes were assassinated, he says.

      Last year one was being murdered every five days. The killers included members of paramilitary groups, criminal gangs and the ELN (National Liberation Army) - left-wing guerrillas who unlike Farc have not agreed a ceasefire.
      ...
      "People involved in drug trafficking and illegal gold mining don't want people around trying to protect the environment," says Msgr Henao. "They don't want people who speak up for the indigenous population or people who denounce sexual violence, so they control the population with private armies."
      ...
      http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37107399
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        Maybe FARC has seen what a failure their revolutionary goals are looking at neighboring Venezuela...

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          Peace much cheaper than war, Colombia tells critics of FARC deal

          Well a number of the FARC leaders are pretty old now. Could be just worn out.

          By Marc Frank

          HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government peace negotiators hit back on Thursday at critics of a deal to end half a century of war with leftist FARC guerrillas, saying the cost of bringing the rebel fighters into society was much lower than spending on the conflict.
          https://www.yahoo.com/news/colombia-...001958865.html
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            Colombians celebrate as peace deal is reached with Farc rebels

            Colombians celebrate as peace deal is reached with Farc rebels

            Hundreds of Colombians have celebrated an historic peace accord between the government and left-wing Farc rebels, signed after 52 years of conflict.

            The announcement was broadcast live on Wednesday from Havana, Cuba, where peace talks have been held for almost four years.

            The conflict has killed an estimated 260,000 people and displaced millions.

            President Juan Manuel Santos called the deal "the beginning of the end to the suffering, pain and tragedy of war".
            'War is over'

            "The Colombian government and the Farc announce that we have reached a final, full and definitive accord," Colombian government and Farc negotiators said in a joint statement.

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            The head of the Colombian delegation, Humberto de la Calle, and the chief Farc negotiator, Ivan Marquez, signed the agreement at a ceremony in Cuba.

            Both sides have agreed to work together to address social exclusion, to deliver justice to the victims of the conflict and build a stable and enduring peace.

            The agreement comes after two years of secret talks and almost four years of formal negotiations.


            Full Story including video: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37180752
            "War is hell, but actual combat is a motherf#cker"
            - Col. David Hackworth

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
              Well a number of the FARC leaders are pretty old now. Could be just worn out.

              By Marc Frank



              https://www.yahoo.com/news/colombia-...001958865.html
              A mate of mine who was involved in some of what went on in Northern Ireland said something similar about the IRA

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