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Colombia and FARC rebels agree to form truth commission

Colombia and FARC rebels agree to form truth commission

The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrilla fighters have agreed to form a truth commission, as the two sides met in the Cuban capital aimed at ending Latin America’s longest war.

Negotiators reached an agreement despite a recent escalation of violence that has threatened the country’s peace talks, taking place in Havana.

“The national government and the FARC, we have reached an agreement to put in place, once a final deal has been signed, a truth commission, for coexistence, and in order to not repeat, which will be an independent and impartial mechanism of an extrajudicial nature,” said Cuban mediator Rodolfo Benitez, reading the agreement to the media.

“Both the national government and the FARC promised to contribute decisively to the clarification of the truth about everything that happened in the conflict, including serious violations of human rights and breaches of International Humanitarian Law,” he added.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reporting from the Colombian capital, Bogota, said that “this is a positive announcement coming after a very tense round of talks”.

Source: Colombia and FARC rebels agree to form truth commission – Al Jazeera English

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