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Colombia's rebels hand in more arms

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Colombia's rebels hand in more arms

<p>Colombia’s Marxist rebel group has handed over another thirty percent of its weapons arsenal, as part of a peace deal it signed with the government to end more than 52 years of civil war.</p> <p>It means the <span class="caps">FARC</span> have only forty percent of its weapons remaining to hand over by next week.</p> <p>“The <span class="caps">FARC</span> want to show the country and the world that we are closing a chapter in the history of our country and beginning to write another: that of peace,” said Pablo Catatumbo, one of its commanders who attended a special ceremony in the south-western Cauca region.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FARC?src=hash">#FARC</a> militants hand over a further 30% of weapons to UN inspectors in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colombia?src=hash">#Colombia</a> as part of peace deal: <a href="https://t.co/D0TKXmNjYT">https://t.co/D0TKXmNjYT</a> <a href="https://t.co/oAR8O2JF8h">pic.twitter.com/oAR8O2JF8h</a></p>— <span class="caps">GSI</span> (@dailyGSI) <a href="https://twitter.com/dailyGSI/status/874914349600710656">June 14, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The deadline was recently extended after logistical delays slowed the arrival of some of the group’s 7,000 fighters to special demobilization zones.</p> <p>President Manuel Santos was due at the ceremony but was unable to fly to the region due to bad weather. </p> <p>Under the accord, which was rejected in a public referendum but pushed through by congress, the <span class="caps">FARC</span> will become a political party and most fighters will receive an amnesty.</p>