Colombia Celebrates as FARC Completes Promised Weapons Handover

Colombia Celebrates as FARC Completes Promised Weapons Handover
IN PICTURES: The FARC has handed over all of its weapons, complying with its end of the Colombian peace process.

The United Nations confirmed that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC, as part of the peace process to end decades of armed conflict and to start its transition into political life.

To mark the historic occasion, leaders from both the FARC and the Colombian government took part in a disarmament ceremony in the town of Mesetas, about 155 miles south of the capital of Bogota.

FARC leader, Timoleon Jimenez, or Timochenko, told the rebels that they were “militants of the people’s army yesterday, and now militants of the hope of the people.”

 

(R-L) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, head of the United Nations Colombia mission Jean Arnault and FARC leader Timochenko taking part in the disarmament ceremony. Photo:EFE
"The peace agreement is not for the FARC, but for all Colombia," Timochenko said.
“The peace agreement is not for the FARC, but for all Colombia,” Timochenko said.Photo:Twitter / FARC-EP
"We have reached the dreams of our children. This is the legacy we will leave new generations," President Santos wrote on Twitter.
“We have reached the dreams of our children. This is the legacy we will leave new generations,” President Santos wrote on Twitter.Photo:EFE
A FARC supporter holds a sign reading "freedom for political prisoners," in reference to the thousands of FARC prisoners still awaiting amnesty.
A FARC supporter holds a sign reading “freedom for political prisoners,” in reference to the thousands of FARC prisoners still awaiting amnesty. Photo:Twitter / Rodrigo Londoño
"Today is not the end of the FARC, it
“Today is not the end of the FARC, it’s the end of us taking up arms 50 years ago, we continue to exist through legal and peaceful means,” the FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez told the crowd.Photo:Reuters
Santos and Timoncheko shake hands before the historic ceremony.
Santos and Timoncheko shake hands before the historic ceremony.Photo:Twitter / Juan Manuel Santos
A man holds the Colombian flag with an extra white stripe added to represent peace.
A man holds the Colombian flag with an extra white stripe added to represent peace. Photo:Twitter / Rodrigo Londoño
A FARC member holds a sign with the image of a dove, celebrating the historic chapter in the peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government.
A FARC member holds a sign with the image of a dove, celebrating the historic chapter in the peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government.Photo:Twitter / Rodrigo Londoño
A FARC supporter holds a sign reading "freedom for political prisoners," in reference to the thousands of FARC prisoners still awaiting amnesty.
A FARC supporter holds a sign reading “freedom for political prisoners,” in reference to the thousands of FARC prisoners still awaiting amnesty. Photo:Twitter / Rodrigo Londoño
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