The Senate of Colombia approved the signing of a new peace agreement with the rebels

Сенат Колумбии одобрил подписание нового соглашения о мире с повстанцами

The upper house of the Parliament of Colombia unanimously approved the signing of a new peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and rebels from the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC).

On 24 November President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, known, Timochenko signed in Bogota new final peace agreement in the country, which should put an end to more than half a century of internal armed conflict.

“With 75 votes for and 0 against, the Senate approved the signing of a new peace agreement”, — informs radio 360 Radio Colombia.

As previously reported, that the agreement freely will enter into force, there is no certainty. This Treaty has numerous opponents in Colombia, primarily right-wing party “Democratic centre”. Its leader, ex-President Alvaro Uribe was among the main opponents of the agreement in its present form, and the party still opposes a number of provisions.

In a statement, the party noted that despite significant progress, the text of the new agreement still leaves members of the FARC virtually unpunished for their crimes. Uribe’s father was killed by FARC rebels in 1983, when it attempts the abduction.

It is from the position of Uribe and his supporters largely depended on the failure of the first peace agreement reached in September after almost four years of negotiations. Launched their campaign ended in a national referendum on the Colombians refused to support the agreement.

The FARC was established in 1964 as the military wing of the local Communist party to struggle for a “New Colombia” — a society of social justice and equality. The organization was recognized by the United States and Europe as a terrorist and is suspected of having links with the mafia. In the ranks of the group consist of up to 20 thousand soldiers. Victims more than half a century of armed conflict in Colombia, at least 220 thousand people. The talks went on for almost four years and not once were on the verge of collapse. Colombian authorities said earlier that the conflict will be completed in 2016.