What is FARC? What was the "peace agreement" about? What happened to t...
Oct 05, 2016
What is FARC? What was the "peace agreement" about? What happened to the agreement?
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been active since1964. The operations of the FARC were funded by kidnap and ransom; illegal mining; extortion;production, and distribution of illegal drugs. The conflict has claimed 220,000 lives and displaced about six million people.In June 2016, the FARC signed a ceasefire accord with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos in Havana. This accord has been seen as a historic step to ending the war that has gone on for fifty years. Under the accord, the Colombian government will support massive investment for rural development and facilitate the FARC’s reincarnation as a legal political party. FARC promised to help eradicate illegal drug crops, remove landmines in the areas of conflict, and offer reparations to victims. FARC leaders can avoid prosecution by acts of reparation to victims and other community work. A national referendum took place on 2 October.The referendum failed with 50.24% voting against the peace deal.