Colombian Govt. To Sign New Peace Deal With FARC

In efforts to try and maintain a peaceful relationship with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the Colombian government says it will sign a new peace accord with the rebels on Thursday.

To avoid a rejection of the peace deal like it happened last month, the new revised agreement will be submitted to congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote.

Opposition groups however say it still does not go far enough in punishing rebels for human rights abuses.

The deal is aimed at ending more than 50 years of armed conflict, in which more than 260,000 people have been killed.

In June 2016, the FARC signed a ceasefire accord with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos in Havana.

On August 25, 2016, Mr Santos, announced that four years of negotiations had, secured a peace deal with FARC and that a national referendum would take place on October 2.

The original deal was signed in September, in an emotional ceremony before world leaders, but was rejected in the referendum on October 2.

The rebel group is expected to be relaunched as a political party, as part of the deal.

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