Deal signed between Colombian government and FARC

Last night, world leaders gathered in Cartagena, Colombia in order to witness the signing of the historic ceasefire deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
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Last night (Monday), the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic agreement that is aimed at putting an end to the civil war that has been raging in the country for 52 years. Rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, also known as Timochenko, apologized to “all the victims of the conflict” and was greeted by cheers and applause.

“I would like to ask for forgiveness for all the pain that we have caused during this war,” said Timochenko during the ceremony that was held in honor of the signing of the agreement in Cartagena. “We are laying down our weapons.”

The deal was signed with a pen made from a bullet. However, the agreement is not final. Next week, Colombians will participate in a nation-wide referendum regarding the ceasefire. According to the polls, most Colombians are fed up with the conflict and will vote in favor of approving the agreement. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were among the special guests who attended the ceremony.

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