Colombia, FARC rebels 'on verge of definitive ceasefire'

Colombia, FARC rebels 'on verge of definitive ceasefire'

HAVANA - Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla group are on the verge of announcing a definitive ceasefire to end Latin America's longest civil war, rebel representatives said Wednesday.

Marxist guerillas founded the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1964

"The accord is nearly concluded, just one point remains. We should have an announcement tomorrow," FARC negotiator Pastor Alape told AFP.

His colleague Carlos Lozada tweeted: "On Thursday, June 23, we will announce the last day of the war."

The definitive bilateral ceasefire deal would all but end the conflict by resolving one of the final points at peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Some remaining points on the agenda must still be settled, including disarmament and the means of implementation of the final peace deal.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said this week he hopes to seal a full peace deal by July 20.

The Colombian conflict started as a rural uprising in the 1960s and has drawn in various armed groups and gangs over the decades.

It has left 260,000 people dead, according to official figures.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Taiwan elections set stage for tighter presidential race in 2024

Taiwan is set for a more contentious presidential race focused on rising tensions with China, after low turnout in local elections handed China-skeptic President Tsai Ing-wen’s party historic losses.

19:08

Thousands throng Anime Festival in Singapore after long Covid hiatus

SINGAPORE: Thousands of cosplayers and anime fans flocked to the annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA) in Singapore over the weekend, held for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began more than two years ago.

17:01

First European cruise ship for 3 years arrives at Ko Samui

SURAT THANI: A cruise ship with 636 tourists on board arrived at Ko Samui island for a visit on Sunday.

16:33