FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal

Carlos, a member of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is seen at a camp in Cordillera ...
JOHN VIZCAINO

Carlos, a member of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is seen at a camp in Cordillera Oriental, Colombia.

The commander of Colombia's biggest rebel movement said its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, made the announcement in Havana, where the two sides negotiated for four years before announcing the peace deal Wednesday.

"Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war,'' said Londono, who also known as Timoshenko. "All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past.''

Members of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) listen to a lecture on the peace process ...
JOHN VIZCAINO

Members of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) listen to a lecture on the peace process between the Colombian government and their force at a camp in Cordillera Oriental.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Friday that his military would cease attacks on the FARC beginning Monday.

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Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) and Colombian First Lady Maria Clemencia de Santos arrive at congress to ...
JOHN VIZCAINO

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) and Colombian First Lady Maria Clemencia de Santos arrive at congress to present the FARC peace accord to the president of congress in Bogota, Colombia, earlier this month.

Colombia is expected to hold a national referendum October 2 to give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed more than 220,000 lives and driven more than 5 million people from their homes

After the agreement is signed, FARC guerrillas are supposed to begin handing their weapons over to United Nations-sponsored monitors.

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 - AP

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