Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC leader Rodrigo Londono sign a historic peace accord in Cartagena. Gavino Garay reports.

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

This may be the beginning of the end of half a century of civil war in Colombia, which left nearly a quarter of a million people killed.

A peace accord, brokered in Havana last month, has been signed between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono.

The historic agreement could bring an end half a century of conflict between and government forces and the guerilla group that says its been fighting for social justice.

Earlier in the day, former president Alvaro Uribe led a march against a peace agreement, saying it gives impunity to the largest cocaine-trafficking cartel in the world.

Critics like Uribe say the agreement is cowardly, and want to see FARC fighters behind bars.

But for now, the end of Latin America’s longest-running war is viewed by many as a step in the right direction.

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