Colombia govt., FARC to ink final peace deal this month
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says his government will formally sign a historic peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) later this month.
"Peace will be signed on September 26 in [the Colombian city of] Cartagena," Santos said in a speech on Friday, adding, "This is perhaps the most-important announcement I've made in my entire life.”
FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez also tweeted the date and location of the signing, describing it as "the foundation for building #peace."
Several Latin American leaders as well as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy are expected to attend the signing ceremony in Cartagena.
After almost four years of negotiations in the Cuban capital city of Havana, the Colombian government and the FARC rebels reached a final peace accord last week and declared a definitive ceasefire, bringing to an end 52 years of hostilities.