Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

After five decades of war, more than four years of negotiations and two signing ceremonies, Colombia’s congress late Wednesday formally ratified a peace agreement allowing leftist rebels to enter politics. The 310-page revised accord was approved unanimously by the lower house, which voted a day after the Senate approved the same text 75-0 following a […]

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia’s government and FARC guerrillas will sign a new peace accord 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 […]

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two suspected FARC fighters were killed in combat in northern Colombia on Wednesday, four days after the government announced a revised peace accord with the rebel group. “Fighting took place in the south of the Bolivar department, and guerrillas who claimed to belong to theFARC were killed,” the government’s chief peace negotiator Humberto de la […]

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday a ceasefire with the country’s FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have “a new agreement” for peace before that date. “I have made the decision to extend the bilateral ceasefire until December 31. Let this be clear: This is not an […]

Colombian govt, FARC scramble to revive peace deal after shock poll result

Colombian govt, FARC scramble to revive peace deal after shock poll result

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened a new national dialogue Monday to seek peace with FARC rebels as both sides scrambled to revive a peace deal to end the half-century conflict. In a televised address a day after voters rejected the agreement in a referendum, Santos said he had asked the government’s chief negotiator Humberto […]

Video: Last days of Colombia’s FARC guerilla movement

Video: Last days of Colombia’s FARC guerilla movement

Colombia’s president and the leader of the FARC rebel movement are set to sign a peace deal Monday, ending 52 years of conflict. FRANCE 24 visited one of the group’s rebel camps in the jungle to meet a French fighter preparing to lay down her arms. President Santos and the Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will […]

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord Monday to end a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean […]