Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Colombia's FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

Colombia's FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

The United Nations says it has concluded the disarmament process for individual arms as part of a peace deal between Colombia's leftist rebels and the government.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the FARC leadership and United Nations representatives will attend.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jean Arnault, the head of the UN's mission in Colombia, said the disarmament process was an example to the rest of the world.

"It was like our other half", she said. But with the prospect of peace, she has been reunited with her mother, who she hadn't seen in seven years, and now plans to study engineering.

When Timochenko spoke, he said that the Farc had not failed Colombia, because they had handed over their weapons.

Critics of the deal, who include former conservative President Alvaro Uribe, have called it too lenient on FARC members, some of whom will be amnestied or given reduced sentences for crimes committed during the conflict.

Civico said doubt over the exact number of weapons turned in ultimately doesn't matter in measuring disarmament's success.

Santos won last year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reach a peace deal, ending a conflict that has lasted more than 50 years.

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Today a smooth paved road connects Mesetas with Bogota, but the community suffers from the same neglect and inequities that gave rise to the conflict.

"Farewell to arms, welcome to peace!"

"It marks the end of the main guerrilla group in the western hemisphere", said Jorge Restrepo, director of the conflict analysis center CERAC.

The FARC and the government have promised to stamp out the drug production that has fueled the conflict.

The United Nations say that leftist rebels in Colombia have turned over nearly all of their fighters' individual weapons as part of a historic peace deal reached with the government a year ago.

The rebels are also afraid that they could be targeted.

Fifty-three years later, it is here where the rebel group, for so long locked in a damaging and tragic internal conflict with the Colombian state since 1964 and which has caused the deaths of more than 260,000 victims and displaced 7 million others, finally laid down their weapons.

A more-recent rash of killings of dozens of social leaders highlighted in Londono's speech is also heightening concerns. "Our motherland has learned from her pain and because Colombians will not allow themselves to be cheated again".

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