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Colombia: 'Peace is close' in FARC conflict says President Santos

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Colombia: 'Peace is close' in FARC conflict says President Santos

<p>Columbian leader Juan Manuel Santos says “Peace is close” in his country’s decades long-war with Marxist <span class="caps">FARC</span> rebels.</p> <p>The message was carried on Twitter where the President announced that, on the way to New York, he would be stopping over in Havana for a key meeting with negotiators trying to end the conflict.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Haré escala en La Habana para reunión clave con negociadores con el fin de acelerar el fin del conflicto. La paz está cerca.</p>— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuanManSantos/status/646656458352926721">23 Septembre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Cuba has been hosting peace talks since 2012 but this will be President’s first trip there in person to participate. </p> <p>It is thought he will meet <span class="caps">FARC</span> leader Timoleon Jiménez amid reports that two sides have reached a deal on the punishment rebels would face as part of a settlement.</p> <p>Negotiators have already reached partial accords on land reform, political participation for ex-rebels and an end to the illegal drugs trade. </p> <p>Latin America’s longest insurgency has killed some 220,000 people and displaced millions over more than 50 years.</p> <p>During his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis on Sunday urged an end to what he called “the long night of pain and violence”.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pope Francis begged Colombia and a rebel army to end their long-running conflict <a href="http://t.co/kH8Z2fOsZZ">http://t.co/kH8Z2fOsZZ</a></p>— TIME.com (@TIME) <a href="https://twitter.com/TIME/status/645611818388484096">20 Septembre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>