The government of Colombia and the country’s largest rebel group announced a revised peace plan on Saturday, barely five weeks after voters rejected an earlier deal that would have ended more than a half century of bloody civil war.
Representatives of the government and the left wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — known by its Spanish initials as the FARC — had been negotiating a revised peace deal since its narrow, and surprising, defeat of the deal in a national plebiscite on Oct. 2.
“We are convinced that … this document signals a viable and possible way to end so many decades of conflict,” the chief government negotiator, Humberto de la Calle, said in a statement as the new plan was unveiled.
The Colombian daily El Espectador, likening the event to the selection of a new pope, reported: “White smoke in Havana. There is a new peace accord.”
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