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Colombia government and FARC militants agree on accountability and reparations for victims

The government of Colombia and FARC militants announced that a deal had been reached on reparations for war victims on Monday.

The agreement will include the set up of a special judicial system to deal with the accountability for war crimes. The courts would offer amnesties or lower sentences for those who admit their crimes, but exclude from amnesty those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity.

A government spokesperson Marcela Duran, speaking to press said,

“We are very pleased with this agreement on victims which no doubt is transcendental for what we are doing this process.”

A representative for Farc at the negotiation process said, “With this important step, it is nearly certain that this (peace process) is irreversible.”

The government and Farc militants have been in negotiation for over 2 years. At this time last year the two remaining topics to be discussed were reparations for war victims and the mechanics of ending the conflict. The Farc militants have remained adamant that they should not have to disarm. 

Agreements have now been reached on 4 of the 5 main topics for negotiation: cooperation in eradicating the illicit drugs trade, agricultural reform and the legal participation of Farc militants in politics once a comprehensive agreement is reached and reparations for war victims.

The conflict between the two sides has killed over 200,000 people since 1964.

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