“New chapter” for Colombia with revised peace agreement

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed attendees at the signing of the Colombia Peace Agreements, in Cartegena in September. The deal was ultimately rejected in a referendum. Photo: OSSG

A revised peace deal between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, has been welcomed by the United Nations as a "new chapter" for the South American country.

A previous deal to end the 50-year long conflict which took four years to negotiate was rejected by the Colombian people in a referendum in October.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

A reported 260,000 people were killed and seven million displaced by the conflict between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said the new agreement held out "hope that vast numbers of people displaced within their own country can finally return home."

Changes to the agreement signed on Thursday reportedly include a clause which commits FARC to handing over all of its assets.

That money is expected to be used for reparation payments to people affected by the conflict.

The revised deal will be submitted to parliament for approval, perhaps as early as next week, rather than put to a popular vote in a referendum.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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