Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and FARC rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, right, shake hands during a signing ceremony of a ceasefire and rebel disarmament deal in Havana in June as Cuban President Raul Castro looks on. Both sides said Friday they’re taking steps to guarantee a ceasefire doesn’t unravel while they work together to save a peace accord defeated in a referendum (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
Colombia, FARC rebels look to fortify ceasefire to protect post-referendum peace talks
Voters in Colombia have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.2% voting against it.
The deal was signed last week by President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timoleon Jimenez after nearly four years of negotiations. But it needed to be ratified by Colombians in order to come into force.
As Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a five-decade civil war, negotiators for his government and FARC — Colombia’s largest rebel movement — were taking steps to guarantee a ceasefire doesn’t unravel while the two sides work to save a peace accord defeated in last weekend’s referendum.
At a joint press conference Friday in Havana, the two sides read a joint statement in which they pledged to listen to those who voted against the peace deal in order to “define quickly” a solution to the impasse in accordance with a recent constitutional court ruling.READ MORE