Colombia, FARC sign new accord; not clear it will be submitted for national ratification

Colombia, FARC sign new accord; not clear it will be submitted for national ratification
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos from a speech at Harvard in 2013. (Image: Screen grab of Harvard U. video, YouTube)

[Ed. – And not submitting it for ratification may limit how meaningful it is, especially after Juan Manuel Santos eventually leaves office.  We’ll see.  The most important measure of effectiveness will be whether FARC honors it.  That, we will be able to discern.]

Colombia’s government and its largest rebel group signed a new, modified peace accord on Saturday following the surprise rejection of an earlier deal by voters in a referendum.

The latest agreement aims to address some of the concerns of opponents of the original accord, especially former President Alvaro Uribe who said the deal was too lenient on a rebel group that had kidnapped and committed war crimes.

“The new deal is an opportunity to clear up doubts, but above all to unite us,” said chief government negotiator Humberto de La Calle, who signed the accord along with rebel negotiator Luciano Marin, alias Ivan Marquez, in Cuba, moving to end a half-century-long conflict that has claimed more than 220,000 lives. …

President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia inked an initial peace deal on Sept. 26 amid international fanfare after more than four years of negotiations. But voters rejected it on Oct. 2 by just 55,000 votes, dealing a stunning setback to Santos who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Colombia’s conflict.

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