LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images(BOGOTA, Colombia) — The Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel movement signed an historic peace agreement Monday putting an end to a half-century of civil war.
Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia leader Timoleon Jimenez, also known as Timochenko, signed the 297-page agreement both dressed in white to symbolize peace.
“We will achieve any goal, overcome any hurdle and turn our nation into a country we’ve always dreamed of – a country in peace,” Santos said according to BBC.
Timochenko added, according to BBC: “I would like to ask for forgiveness for all the pain that we have caused during this war.”
The Colombian people are set to vote in a referendum on the deal scheduled for Oct. 2 before it can pass into a law.
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