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Colombia pushes back deadline for rebels to disarm

Colombia's government is giving left-wing rebels another 20 days to turn over their weapons under a landmark peace deal.

President Juan Manuel Santos announced the decision in a televised address on Monday night, saying it was taken jointly with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the United Nations.

Disarmament was supposed to be completed on Tuesday under the accord, which will end half a century of hostilities.

But the process has been slowed by logistical delays in setting up the camps where 7,000 rebels are concentrated and the FARC's growing concern about the government's ability to meet its commitments.

Mr Santos said that under the new disarmament timetable, rebel camps that were supposed to dismantle soon will remain functioning under UN supervision until August.



From Belfast Telegraph