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Colombia Government and FARC Review Peace Deal

  • President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, known as Timochenko.

    President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, known as Timochenko. | Photo: EFE

Published 25 November 2017

The agreement was signed a year ago by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko.

Colombia's Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Commons, FARC, has agreed to schedule more permanent meetings to secure the full implementation of the peace agreement aimed at ending the country's internal war.

Colombia: Santos, FARC Reaffirm Adherence to Peace Deal

FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, known as "Timochenko," said both sides need to work on applying the peace deal to "100 percent."

"We agreed: the glass is half full and we will fill it," Londoño said after a meeting with Santos.

Londoño has criticized the fact that the Senate approved a peace agreement different than the one agreed upon, by excluding "third-party actors" who could have committed war crimes from the justice system.

Meanwhile, Santos said they need to strengthen the deal aimed at ending more than half a century of conflict.

"We agreed to hold meetings every so often to review progress at all points and that is what we are going to do from now on," Santos said. 

Both said they were satisfied with the talks, moments after the main ceremony to commemorate the first year of the signing of peace at the Colon Theater, located in the capital city of Bogota.

"We made an exhaustive review of all the points: the security, reincorporation, progress in legal, legislative, in the composition of the lists to Congress," Santos said.

Santos's government has until Nov. 30 to implement several laws of the peace agreement. If they aren't approved, it will delay the implementation.

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