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Colombia’s FARC announces ceasefire

Colombia's main leftist rebel group has announced a permanent ceasefire starting at midnight yesterDAY (28TH). It comes after the Colombian government and FARC agreed on a historic peace agreement last week.

The permanent and definitive ceasefire is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), after the two sides agreed last week on a historic peace agreement.

FARC supremo Rodrigo Londono, also known as Timoshenko, gave the ceasefire order from Havana, where the two sides conducted four years of peace negotiations.

"I order all our commanders and units and each one of our combatants to definitively cease fire and hostilities against the Colombian state from midnight tonight," Londono told the media.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Friday the military would cease hostilities on Monday.

The two sides are expected to sign the peace accord between September 20 and 26. Then Colombians will vote on the peace agreement in a referendum on 2nd October.

 

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