Colombian Government and FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

A historic peace accord has been signed between the Colombian Government and the FARC rebel group, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.
This comes after 4 long years of negotiations.
This announcement was made at the Cuban capital, Havana, where peace talks were launched in November 2012.
Both sides have agreed to work together to address social exclusion, deliver justice to the victims of the conflict and build a stable and enduring peace.
Speaking to his countrymen about the achievement, President Juan Manuel Santos said, "Today I can say – from the bottom of my heart – that I have fulfilled the mandate that you gave me.
"Colombians, the decision is in your hands. Never before have our citizens had within their reach the key to their future."
An estimated 220,000 people have been killed, and displaced millions since the conflict began.
Meanwhile the United States President, Barack Obama, via phone call congratulated his Colombian counterpart, Juan Santos, on the deal.
In a statement released, the White House said, "The President recognised this historic day as a critical juncture in what will be a long process to fully implement a just and lasting peace agreement, that can advance security and prosperity for the Colombian people."

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