Conservative Ivan Duque has won Colombia’s presidential election, putting the landmark 2016 peace deal with the FARC at risk. Duque secured 54 percent on Sunday, more than 12 points ahead of his leftist rival, Gustavo Petro. He is first to be elected since outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos signed the[…]
Colombia’s Congress has approved a revised peace deal with the FARC rebel group, paving the way to end a conflict that has lasted more than 50 years. The lower house voted 130-0 on Wednesday to approve the text adopted a day earlier by the Senate. President Juan Manuel Santos said[…]
Thousands of people have marched in cities across Colombia to demand a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels not be scuttled. Wednesday’s demonstrations marked the second time in a week that Colombians took to the streets to support the accord signed last month with the Revolutionary Armed Forces[…]
Colombian President, and freshly-crowned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Juan Manuel Santos and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group are to start peace talks, officials have said. The negotiations with the 2,000-strong National Liberation Army (ELN) will start on October 27 in Ecuador’s capital Quito, according to an agreement signed[…]
Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a political party. With more than 99 percent[…]
Colombia’s Marxist FARC fighters have apologised for the “great pain” they caused by kidnapping thousands of people to finance half a century of conflict. FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, acknowledged in a video recording late on Sunday that it had taken captives over the years but would[…]
The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel group have reached a historic peace deal to end five decades of fighting that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of arduous negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced on Wednesday a final agreement, under which the rebels[…]
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have signed a ceasefire, which includes the armed group laying down their arms after more than 50 years of conflict. Negotiators signed the ceasefire agreement on Thursday in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander[…]
The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people. A joint statement from Cuba and Norway, who helped broker the deal, said the two sides agreed “on the conditions for the release” of Colombian[…]
Authorities in Colombia have launched a massive search and rescue mission for an army general who they suspect was taken captive by FARC rebels, prompting the government to suspend critical peace talks. General Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were abducted on Sunday afternoon while travelling by motor boat along[…]
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