Colom­bia and FARC to sign new ac­cord

The Myanmar Times - - World -

COLOM­BIA’S govern­ment and FARC guer­ril­las will sign a new peace ac­cord to­day, af­ter a pre­vi­ous agree­ment to end their half-cen­tury-old war was de­feated in a ref­er­en­dum, both par­ties said.

The new, re­vised ac­cord will be sub­mit­ted to Congress for ap­proval, rather than put to an­other ref­er­en­dum, they added.

Last month vot­ers tak­ing part in that ref­er­en­dum sur­pris­ingly snubbed the first ac­cord. Crit­ics said it went too easy on the rebels, who have been wag­ing what is now Latin Amer­ica’s last ma­jor in­sur­gency.

“The govern­ment and FARC del­e­ga­tions have agreed to sign the fi­nal agree­ment to end the con­flict and build a sta­ble and last­ing peace,” ne­go­tia­tors from both sides said in a state­ment on Novem­ber 22.

The ac­cord will later be sub­mit­ted to Congress for its ap­proval, the two sides said. The govern­ment holds a ma­jor­ity in the leg­is­la­ture.

Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos in­sists the new pro­posal is stronger and takes into ac­count changes de­manded by his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

How­ever his chief ri­val, ex-pres­i­dent Al­varo Uribe, has re­jected even the re­vised deal.

Mr Uribe has in­sisted, for in­stance, that FARC lead­ers should not be al­lowed to run for of­fice while still serv­ing sen­tences for atroc­i­ties.

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