Colombia, FARC to sign new peace accord


BOGOTA: Colombia’s government and FARC guerrillas will sign a new peace accord on Thursday, after a previous agreement to end their half-century-old war was defeated in a referendum, both parties said. The new, revised accord will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to another referendum, they added. Last month, voters taking part in that referendum surprisingly snubbed the first accord. Critics said it went too easy on the rebels, who have been waging what is now Latin America’s last major insurgency. “The government and FARC delegations have agreed to sign the final agreement to end the conflict and build a stable and lasting peace,” negotiators from both sides said in a statement on Tuesday. FARC is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The new accord was first announced on November 12. The accord will later be submitted to Congress for its approval, the two sides said. “We are working out the procedures necessary for this,” they said. The government holds a majority in the legislature.



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