Tuesday 24 October 2017

Colombian leader seeks to ratify new Farc peace deal in congress

Mr Santos has vowed to push the deal through (AP)
Mr Santos has vowed to push the deal through (AP)

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has vowed to have congress ratify a modified peace deal with the Farc rebel group rather than submit it to voters again, after they rejected the original pact last month.

Mr Santos said implementing the accord in the shortest time possible would prevent a fragile ceasefire from falling apart.

His comments came after two Farc rebels were killed in combat with security forces in a confusing incident now being investigated by United Nations-sponsored monitors.

Mr Santos announced a week ago that the country's largest rebel group had agreed to modify the peace accord defeated in a referendum, but he has been cagey about how he intends to implement the deal.

The Colombian president was addressing the Organisation of American States after the hemispheric group endorsed the deal.

Press Association

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