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Colombia and FARC rebels sign peace deal






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Colombians are happy that peace has come to Colombia. The government signed a deal with the rebel group FARC. It ends 52 years of fighting. Over 220,000 people died and millions lost their home. The deal comes after two years of talks between the two sides. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the deal was, "the beginning of the end to the suffering, pain and tragedy of war". A spokesman for the government said: "This agreement opens the door to a more inclusive society." Both sides will now work together for justice for the victims of the fighting.

FARC is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. It started during the Cold War to fight for farmers. It will now take part in the political process to shape Colombia's future. In Bogota, the capital city, thousands of people celebrated the peace deal on the streets. One Colombian told the Associated Press news agency: "I can die in peace because finally I'll see my country without violence, with a future for my children." The next step is for the Colombian people to vote on the peace deal on the 2nd of October. President Santos said: "It will be the most important election of our lives."

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