Source: News Bharati English03 Oct 2016 16:21:25
Bogota, October 3: Peace agreement to end 52 years of war between Colombia and FARC guerrillas, have been rejected by Columbians, which makes the future of the nation uncertain. More than 13 million people cast their ballots but the deal was rejected by just fewer than 60,000 votes with 50.24% voting against the accord. It was after four years of intense negotiations that the verdict on the deal was declared.President Juan Manuel Santos said he would send his negotiators back to Havana to meet with Farc leaders on Monday. “I will not give up; I will continue seeking peace until the last day of my presidency.” FARC leader Rodrigo Londono said the group maintained its desire for peace despite the outcome of the referendum.
Santos plans to meet all political parties today and send lead government peace negotiator back to Havana to speak to the FARC leadership. "In the end, the people have spoken: the Colombian government and the FARC have no choice but to renegotiate," said Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
Rodrigo Londono, the top FARC commander offered reassurance the rebels remain committed to becoming a peaceful political party. "The FARC reiterates its disposition to use only words as a weapon to build toward the future," he said after the result. "Count on us, peace will triumph."