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FARC to Begin Weapons Handover 90 Days after Peace Accord is Signed

HAVANA – Colombia’s FARC leftist guerrillas will surrender 30 percent of their weapons 90 days after a long-negotiated peace accord with President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration is signed and a bilateral cease-fire takes effect, with the rest to be handed over in two more stages.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, must hand in an additional 30 percent of their weapons 120 days after the signing of the peace accord and the remaining 40 percent by the 150-day mark, the negotiating teams in Havana said Friday in the Cuban capital in unveiling the final protocols governing the bilateral and definitive cease-fire announced on June 23.

The head of the Colombian government’s delegation to the peace talks, Humberto de la Calle, said that a week after the signing of the final accord the FARC would provide international cease-fire monitors all information pertaining to the number fighters and two days later the “coordinates of all storehouses of unstable weaponry.”

The parties also announced that delegates from the government, the FARC, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross would conduct a technical visit next week aimed at demarcating zones and camps where the guerrillas will gather during the stage between the start of the bilateral cease-fire and their transition to civilian life.

The FARC also will designate 60 members who will be free to move about the country for the purpose of monitoring that relocation process nationwide, according to the protocols announced Friday.

Prior to the announcement of the historic cease-fire deal, the government and the FARC, who began peace talks in Havana in late 2012, reached agreements on land reform, political participation, drugs and drug crop, and redress for the victims of the strife.

The final peace accord is to be put to a vote in a referendum.

 

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