Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic peace agreement

The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have signed a historic peace accord, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.

Colombia_FARCLA HAVANA - Both sides have agreed to work together to address social exclusion, to deliver justice to the victims of the conflict and build a stable and enduring peace.

The announcement was made in the Cuban capital, Havana, where peace talks were launched in November 2012.

The conflict has killed an estimated 220,000 people and displaced millions.

"The Colombian government and the Farc announce that we have reached a final, full and definitive accord," they said in a joint statement.

The head of the Colombian delegation, Humberto de la Calle, and the chief Farc negotiator, Ivan Marquez, signed the agreement at a ceremony in Cuba.

"We have reached our goal," said Mr. De la Calle.

"The war is over but also there is also a new beginning. This agreement opens the door to a more inclusive society," he added.

Photo: Colombians took to the streets to celebrate peace when the ceasefire was announced (Reuters)

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