Colombia And FARC Rebels Reach Historic Peace Deal After Bloody War

*I was at a gathering last night when the news of the peace deal buzzed on mobile devices.It’s what most people talked about the rest of the evening. VL


huffpostBy Nelson Acosyta, Reuters (4 minute read)

HAVANA, Aug 24 – Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels unveiled a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a 50-year-old guerrilla war, one of the world’s longest conflicts which took the resource-rich country to the brink of being a failed state.

The two sides said they had reached an agreement to end the conflict and build a stable peace, in a joint statement read out by representatives of Cuba and Norway, who are mediators in the talks.

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The historic agreement foresees the demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), whose cocaine-funded rebels fought the government in a war that killed at least 220,000 people.

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