Colombia’s government and the country’s leftist FARC rebels have reached a ceasefire deal after more than half a century of war. Nathan Frandino reports.
Colombia’s FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire with government
A new era begins for Colombia, after more than half a century of war the government and leftist FARC rebels begin to forge a lasting peace.
After three years of talks in Havana, the two sides signed a historic ceasefire deal on Thursday.
President Juan Manuel Santos said the time had finally come.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT, JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, SAYING:
“This is the future which is within our reach: a country where we Colombians can grow, progress and grow old in peace.”
The ceasefire paves the way for a final peace deal to end a conflict that began in the 1960s out of frustration with deep socio-economic inequalities.
The two sides agreed to put the final accord to the Colombian people in a plebiscite.
The rebels also agreed to lay down their arms within 180 days of a final agreement.
In Bogota, crowds gathered to watch the ceremony unfold.
Anxious and tearful Colombians hung onto every word, and rejoiced as they welcomed peace.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOGOTA RESIDENT NESTOR MIRANDA SAYING:
“I am having a very difficult time controlling myself because I have been waiting for this moment practically my entire life.”
An entire life for many Colombians, who can finally see lasting peace on the horizon.