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Colombia, FARC reach major breakthrough in peace talks
Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
24 September 2015

Colombian army troops 'fast rope' from a UH-60L Black Hawk and an Mi-17 helicopter while a UH-1N provides overhead security. Source: Daniel Wasserbly/IHS

The Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) have reached an agreement that could end their bloody, decades-long battle, the sides announced on 23 September.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, announced in Havana, Cuba, that an agreement had been reached on 'transitional justice', the most difficult of a six-point negotiation ongoing since October 2012.

A special court (with majority Colombian and minority foreign judges), a truth commission, and an amnesty law (for those not accused of war crimes or crimes against humanity) are to be established as part of the peace process. A pact is to be signed by 23 March 2016, and after signing the FARC would have 60 days to disarm, according to a Colombian government statement.

While this 'handshake' agreement marks a major breakthrough in the peace process, some significant challenges remain, such as garnering support from FARC fighters still in the field and from the Colombian people (the majority of who support peace, but reintegration issues are generally more sensitive).
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