Bogota, November 25: Despite of being opposed, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Rodrigo Londono, signed a new peace deal on Thursday. Voters had rejected the previous agreement, which was a result of four years of negotiation in early October.
The deal was pact at a historic Bogota theater with a pen made from a bullet. Spectators of the event chanted "We did it!" This new agreement will end 52 years of war in Latin America's fourth-largest economy.
Londono apologized to the victims of the conflict in the name of the FARC during his speech, he said, “Words are the only weapons that Colombians allow us to use”
Juan Manuel Santos, who was conferred with noble peace prize for his efforts to end this war said, “Peace must be the most important topic for any nation and Colombia will become an example in a world driven by conflicts.”
“Building a country at peace is the most ambitious and transformational project that any generation has ever had the opportunity to fulfill. I cannot imagine a nobler, a more sublime task, a more elevated effort than protecting life and building peace,” he stated.
This revised agreement was the result of a rigorous discussion between the government and FARC, who had gathered for weeks in Havana, Cuba, to consider proposals to those who opposed the first peace agreement.
The previous deal was subjected to public vote but the new deal will have to be approved by the Congress over the course of the next week. Within 90 days after the approval, the FARC will begin to put down down arms. And within five months, all the weapons of the FARC will be in the hands of the United Nations.
The Colombian Conflict, a low-intensity asymmetric war began in 1964 or 1966 and is between the Colombian government, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fighting to increase their influence in Colombian territory.