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  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC-EP leader Timoleon Jimenez shake hands after signing the peace accord.

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC-EP leader Timoleon Jimenez shake hands after signing the peace accord. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 September 2016
Opinion

The agreement's signing is widely considered to be one of the most significant events in the history of Colombia.

Key Facts

—Over a dozen presidents have confirmed their attendance to witness the signing of the peace agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Monday in Cartagena de Indias, on the Caribbean coast.

—In total, approximately 2,500 people are expected to witness the signing of the deal with another thousand journalists also expected to cover the event.

—The text of the pact will later be submitted to a popular vote in a plebiscite to be held on Oct. 2. Polls indicate the deal will be approved by a wide margin.

—Colombia’s decades-long armed conflict has left nearly 5 million people displaced, more than 220,000 dead, at least 79,000 disappeared and 30,000 kidnapped since 1958.

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