Colombia, FARC to sign peace deal after rebels' conference

FARC rebels have been in a bloody territorial conflict with Colombia since the 1960sThe Colombian government and FARC rebel group will sign a peace agreement after the guerrillas hold a final internal conference to approve the historic deal, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday. “The signing will officially take place after the (tenth) FARC conference, where they will receive the mandate (from their troops) to also sign,” he said at the presidential palace after a meeting with political leaders. The conference of the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is set to take place before Colombians also vote to approve the deal in a popular referendum greenlighted by the country’s constitutional court last month.

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