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Thu Oct 13, 2016, 08:09 PM

Colombia's president extends ceasefire with FARC through yearend

Source: Reuters

Colombia's president extends ceasefire with FARC through yearend
Thu Oct 13, 2016 | 8:34pm EDT

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday extended his ceasefire with Marxist FARC rebels through the end of the year as he seeks to revive a peace accord to end five decades of war after voters rejected the hard-fought deal in a referendum.

The original ceasefire, which was put in place in August, was nullified when the peace accord was rejected in plebiscite earlier this month. He had already extended it to Oct. 31.

The decision comes as Santos and his team hear proposals from representatives of those who voted against the accord - rejected by a razor-thin margin of less than half a percentage point - as too lenient on the Marxist rebels.

He will take the proposals to the FARC leadership in Havana, who have said they are willing to discuss new ideas.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-peace-idUSKCN12E01R?rpc=401

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