Colombian Government and FARC Rebels End Five-Decade Conflict
It’s a new dawn for Colombia. The fight between the government and rebel group FARC has raged since 1964 and claimed 220,000 lives. After four years of talks, lead negotiator Humberto de la Calle declared, “The war has ended.” The deal will move FARC fighters out of rural strongholds and into U.N. camps, offer amnesty for minor offenses and turn FARC into a political party. Now Colombia will vote Oct. 2 on whether to accept the deal, which faces stiff conservative opposition, but whose popularity is expected to increase.