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Farc ceasefire deal vote rejection 'has no legal effect'

Published 03/10/2016 | 00:56

A supporter of the peace accord expresses shock after it was narrowly rejected in a referendum (AP)
A supporter of the peace accord expresses shock after it was narrowly rejected in a referendum (AP)
A man casts his ballot during the referendum on a peace deal with Colombian rebels (AP)

The head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) has said the country's rejection of a peace deal with the rebels in a referendum has "no legal effect whatsoever".

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The leftist group's leader, known as Timochenko, issued a short video message reiterating Farc's willingness to abide by a permanent ceasefire with the government.

He dismissed the referendum's results as a political defeat which is not legally binding.

He added that the final accord had already been signed with the government and deposited with the Swiss Federal Council in Bern as a special humanitarian agreement between warring parties under the Geneva Conventions.

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