Af­ter de­lays, guer­ril­las turn in guns as part of peace deal

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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