Colombia Government and FARC reach agreement on key element of peace

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Internally displaced children, victims of conflict in Colombia. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

One of the world's longest running armed conflicts is one step closer to being resolved.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General, who has welcomed the agreement reached by the Colombian Government and the rebel group, FARC on the issue of victims.

Veronica Reeves has more.

After nearly three years of talks, the two sides have announced they've reached agreement on the issue of victims, long considered one of the most crucial elements of the peace process. 

The conflict between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has dragged on for 51-years, claiming nearly a quarter million victims.

The Secretary-General commended both sides for putting victims at the centre of the peace process.

He commended Cuba and Norway for their role as guarantor countries, as well as Chile and Venezuela for supporting the peace process.

According to the UN, FARC is the oldest and largest group among Colombia’s left-wing rebels and is one of the world’s richest guerrilla armies.

Duration: 42″

 

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