Colombia: 'Important step towards reconciliation' — Pres. Santos commends FARC tribunal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos commented on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal, at a press conference in Bogota on Monday. Leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made their first court appearance last week. Santos said that Colombia was «waiting for justice to give its first fruits» before adding that «seeing FARC commanders appear before the tribunal... Еще is an important step towards the reconciliation and the construction of peace.» The tribunal, which is scheduled to last at least 15 years, aims to study such alleged FARC crimes as kidnapping, murders and sexual abuse. The peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government in 2016 ended a decades-long civil war which led to the deaths of an estimated 220,000 people, the majority of them civilians. Thousands were also victims of kidnappings and millions were displaced during the internal conflict.

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