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Colombia and FARC agree on a revised peace deal

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Colombia and FARC agree on a revised peace deal

<p>The Colombian government and <span class="caps">FARC</span> rebels have <br /> agreed to sign a revised peace deal after the last one was rejected in a referendum.</p> <p>The original accord was deemed by voters to lean too far in favour of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (<span class="caps">FARC</span>).</p> <p>Terms of the new agreement were published last week, but this time round there will be no public vote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Colombia, <span class="caps">FARC</span> Set to Sign Renegotiated Peace Deal: The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group,… <a href="https://t.co/PeOUvUo2lP">https://t.co/PeOUvUo2lP</a></p>— Neutral News (@neutralnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/neutralnews/status/801259373611782145">November 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address that the signing of the deal will take place on Thursday in Bogota. He added that “after listening to all the alternative proposals, and in agreement with the <span class="caps">FARC</span>, it was clear that the most convenient and legitimate way to vote on the new deal was through Congress”.</p> <p>President Santos and <span class="caps">FARC</span> leader Rodrigo Londono <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/27/colombians-call-for-no-more-war-as-historic-peace-deal-is-signed-between-farc">signed the previous agreement in September</a>, in the city of Cartagena. The event – attended by several heads of state – was a heavily symbolic one, featuring symbols of doves and a pen made from recycled ammunition. Santos went on to win the Nobel Prize for peace for his efforts in securing the deal. </p> <p>It meant the rejection of the deal the following October in a referendum came as a severe <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/07/where-now-for-the-colombian-peace-process-after-santos-nobel-prize">blow to the Colombian government and to President Santos personally.</a></p> <p>The newly revised document however, appears to have made only limited changes such as a clarification of private property rights and how rebels are to be confined for crimes committed during the war.</p> <p>It has already been rejected by Colombia’s opposition who are angry over the lack of a public vote and who want a more radical re-write.</p> <p>Peace talks have been underway for the last four years. The more then five-decades long conflict has killed over 220,000 and displaced millions.</p>