A man poses for a picture at Bogota’s Bolivar main square during a celebration of the historic peace agreement.
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After a half-century of bloody combat and four years of tense peace negotiations, now the hard work begins.For starters, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's estimated 7,000 fighters would have to turn over their weapons gradually to a team of United Nations-sponsored observers within six months.It was one of many symbolic gestures during the 90-minute ceremony overlooking the colonial ramparts of Cartagena that filled Colombians with hope and optimism for the arduous work ahead implementing a 297-page accord that took four grueling years to negotiate.Londono, best known by his alias Timochenko, called Santos "a courageous partner" and proclaimed there was no turning back on the FARC's decision to abandon Colombia's jungles.Colombians' distrust of the FARC runs deep. Many families have been touched by rebel kidnappings, and it will take years to heal the wounds from a conflict that claimed 220,000 lives and drove 8 million people from their homes.
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