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Colombia FARC rebels meet to vote on peace deal

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attend the opening ceremony of the September 17-23 10th National Guerrilla Conference at the camp in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 17, 2016Marxist FARC rebels opened a conference Saturday in remote southeastern Colombia, where they will vote on a historic peace deal reached with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group launched in 1964, is holding its 10th national conference in El Caguan, its Switzerland-sized stronghold, to ratify a peace accord hashed out in nearly four years of talks. With this “historic” agreement “it is definitely clear that in this war there are neither winners nor losers,” said rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, as he opened the event.

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