Colombia: Santos and FARC leader mark anniversary as peace deal trembles

Colombia celebrated its first anniversary of the peace deal signed between President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), at Colon Theatre in Bogota on Friday. Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, also known as 'Timochenko', accused one another of having failed to fulfil the established conditions of the deal. Santos was heavy critical of the fact the... Еще FARC is now a political party. “Welcome to democracy. They are doing politics», Santos said. Londono retorted that Congress is boycotting the peace pact through their slow rate at implementing laws or changing them. “The Congress seems obstinate in destroying the legislative acts which were approved for the deal”, he stated. A pro-peace demonstration gathered on Bolivar Square immediately after the meeting. Protesters displayed a banner reading «Without forgetting» and «Let's defend peace for the victims», as they urged Santos to honour the agreement. The peace deal, signed one year ago, was intended to decrease violence across the nation as well as to increase in tourism. The FARC has since respected the ceasefire, but has transformed into a political party under the same initials (FARC). The political group has however adopted a new full title, 'Common Alternative Revolutionary Force', which will run in the 2018 Colombian elections.

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