Source: News Bharati English29 Aug 2016 16:26:30
Bogotá, August 29: The most lasting war that was going on in Colombia for past 25 years finally came to an end on Monday. The milestone step came into effect at midnight on Sunday in Colombia, five days after the conclusion of peace negotiations underway in Havana since November 2012.
FARC leader Rodrigo Londono (Timochenko) took the twitter to express his emotions saying, “Peace "is beginning to be a reality." The unilateral ceasefire was initially declared by the FARC in the month of July the previous year. But the ceasefire that happened recently is first of its kind where both sides agreed to a definitive end to the fighting. The FARC will however convene its leaders and troops one last time before transforming into a legal political movement.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timochenko, the respective leaders will sign a final, full peace agreement in the days between September 20 and 26. The signing could take place at United Nations headquarters in New York, or in Havana or Bogota, informed Santos. Guerrilla fighters will gather at collection points and give up their weapons under UN supervision, according to Santos. He also added that guerrillas who refuse to demobilise and disarm will be pursued with all the strength of the state forces.
The ceasefire is the historic step according to Colombian people as hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs have battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin America's last major civil armed conflict. They opined that this was most painful chapters of their lives which are coming to an end.