A deadline for FARC rebels in Colombia to hand over weapons as part of the country’s historic peace accord has been extended.
May 30 was the original date, but the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have agreed that guerilla fighters will have a further 20 days to surrender weapons to UN observers.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address: “This change in date does not affect, in any way, the firm decision and the clear commitment from the government and the FARC to honour our accord.
“The international mechanism to monitor and verify will continue to exert its role until we certify that the last of FARC weapons have been turned over and removed from our national territory.”
Various logistical problems have slowed down the FARC demobilisation process, which came into force after last year’s peace accord.