After delays, guerrillas turn in guns as part of peace deal
BOGOTA | Guerrillas in Colombia have begun to lay down their weapons as part of last year’s historic peace agreement, injecting a much-needed dose of optimism after weeks of feuding over the slow pace of the accord’s implementation.
The United Nations on Thursday said that it had collected some 2,300 weapons that were handed over a day earlier by guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. That represents a little more than a third of the FARC’s declared arsenal of weapons, the U.N. mission in Colombia said.
Almost since the accord was signed, the FARC and government have been squabbling over what rebels complain is foot-dragging by the government in passing implementing legislation, freeing jailed rebels amnestied under the accord and investigating murders of leftist activists in areas they once dominated.
Amid the bickering, the FARC missed the original May 31 deadline to conclude the disarmament process.