Colombia: FARC rebels postpone conference to ratify peace accord

The rebel group did not provide further details or say when the event would take place.

By: Reuters | Bogota | Published: September 3, 2016 3:45:31 am
In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 photo, rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia southern bloc, FARC, listen to a lecture on the peace process in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia. Martin Corena, the acting commander of the FARC's southern bloc, is calling on President Barack Obama to free a guerrilla leader jailed for more than a decade in the U.S. Corena said Ricardo Palmera‚Äôs 60-year sentence in connection to the FARC‚Äôs holding captive of three American defense contracts was incompatible with Obama‚Äôs support for a peace deal. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) The FARC’s so-called Tenth Conference, its final as an armed group, was planned between September 13 and 19 and aimed at explaining the contents of the accords to hundreds of rebel commanders. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel group said on Friday it had postponed a conference that was meant to ratify a peace agreement with the government, for logistical reasons.

After almost four years of complicated talks in Havana, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government agreed last week to end a five-decade war that has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions.

The FARC’s so-called Tenth Conference, its final as an armed group, was planned between September 13 and 19 and aimed at explaining the contents of the accords to hundreds of rebel commanders.

The statement did not provide further details or say when the event would take place.

Colombians will vote on whether they approve of the accords in a plebiscite on October 2.

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