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FARC will be 'ally' in Colombia war on drugs: president

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during the CELAC summit in Quito on January 27, 2016FARC rebels will be an “ally” of the Colombian government in the war on drug trafficking once they strike a peace deal to end a half century of conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday. The Marxist guerrillas and Bogota have made several key advances in recent months and the two sides set a deadline of March 23 to sign a final peace accord — though the FARC have warned that “substantial” obstacles could get in the way. The conflict, which has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced six million, has drawn in right-wing paramilitaries, drug traffickers and several leftist rebel groups, of which the FARC is the oldest and largest remaining.

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