Colombian lawmakers approved on Tuesday a legally binding measure that will incorporate the peace deal between the government and FARC guerrillas into the country’s constitution.
The constitutional act, which was approved 52-16 will now be submitted to the Constitutional Court where it will voted on for final approval.
"The Legislative Act for Peace will allow for the implementation of the agreements that are signed in Havana and serves to solidify these agreements legally and politically," Colombia’s Minister of the Interior Juan Fernando Cristo told EFE news agency.
Cristo went on to note that the proposed legislative act will only be applied once both party’s involved in the conflict have officially endorsed the final agreement.
After the agreement is approved by Congress, the Government will integrate the text into the nation’s constitution, and it will be effective the moment it is signed.
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels are getting closer to finalizing peace talks and an agreement to bring an end to over five decades of internal armed conflict after more than three years of negotiations.
The peace talks have already successfully led to partial agreements on agrarian reform, political participation of former rebels, curbing production and trafficking of illicit substances, and the rights of victims and transitional justice.
Details of a bilateral cease-fire remain a key outstanding item on the agenda.
The much-anticipated peace agreement is set to bring an end to over 50 years of armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC that has affected more than six million people.