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Colombia rebel leader confident fighters will lay down arms if peace deal signed

The head of Colombia's largest rebel group has told a major magazine that he believes that 99% of all guerrillas in his group will abandon their arms once a peace accord is signed with the government.

The head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known as Timochenko spoke with the Semana magazine for an interview published in Sunday's edition.

He rarely gives interviews to the press.

Timochenko's statement is in response to warnings by some political experts in the country that hundreds of the 7,000 guerrillas who belong to the group known as the Farc may have become so dependent on the cultivation of coca for their income that they will not want to give up it or their weapons.

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