Colombia to sign cessation of hostilities with FARC rebels

Colombian government confident in reaching full or partial peace deal with FARC rebels later this month

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Colombian Foreign Minister Angela Holguin gestures.

A full or partial deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels will be ready to be signed later this month, the country's foreign minister said on Monday.

Angela Holguin, who is in Spain negotiating ownership terms of potential treasures on the San Jose galleon that sunk in Colombian waters in 1708, said a peace agreement could be reached after more than three years of negotiations.

“On March 23 there will be something, we will see if it represents the total accord or a part of it,” Holguín said.

A member of the FARC talks about the peace process between the Colombian government and their force, February 18, 2016. (AFP)

What is “relevant,” according to Holguín, is that the peace process is being developed with attention to detail and that on any given day obstacles could arise, but that it is important to, “achieve a lasting and stable peace.”

On Sunday FARC said that there had been “substantial advances” for a final peace deal.

Since November 2012, FARC and the Colombian government have been in talks to end more than 50 years of conflict.

Last week, United Nations representatives visited Colombia to prepare for any possible impending peace deal.


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