Challenges Remain After Colombia, FARC Rebels Reach Ceasefire

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas this week signed an historic ceasefire, bringing the two sides one step closer to ending over fifty years of bloody conflict.  Despite this landmark achievement, however, new challenges lie ahead.

The agreement, announced in Havana, Cuba, is a key piece of the larger puzzle of a peace deal that would end a conflict that has killed or displaced more than 200,000 people. Thursday’s agreement was signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, better known under the alias Timoleón Jiménez or Timochenko.

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