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Colombia's FARC rebels announce a definitive truce

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Colombia's FARC rebels announce a definitive truce

<p>Colombia’s leftist rebel group the <span class="caps">FARC</span> has ordered its fighters to observe a ceasefire from midnight local time in a definitive truce. It follows four years of peace talks.</p> <p>The announcement was made in Havana, Cuba by <span class="caps">FARC</span> leader Rodrigo Londono also known as Timochenko, </p> <p>“Today, more than ever, we regret so many deaths and the pain caused by the war. Today, more than ever, we want to embrace our countrymen and begin to unite together for a new Colombia. The war is over.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Columbia's biggest rebel movement, <span class="caps">FARC</span>, agrees to permanent cease-fire with government, ending five-decade war. <a href="https://t.co/whS0VNmTpn">https://t.co/whS0VNmTpn</a></p>— The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/770010348300693504">28 August 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><span class="caps">FARC</span> which is the acronym for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been fighting a five-decade long insurgency against the Colombian state which has killed an estimated 260,000 people.</p> <p>Last week the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/25/colombian-government-and-farc-rebels-unveil-a-final-peace-deal-to-end-latin">two sides reached a deal</a> which effectively ended the conflict. Under its terms <span class="caps">FARC</span> gives up its armed struggle and joins the legal political process.</p> <p>The ceasefire is purely procedural. The next step is a referendum on the agreement in early October.</p>