Handout picture released by the Colombian presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a Virtual Summit of the Pacific Alliance on March 9, 2017, in Bogota, Colombia. / AFP / PRESIDENCIA COLOMBIA / HO /
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Colombia's senate late Monday approved a constitutional reform to set up special war crimes courts, a key component of the historic peace agreement with FARC guerrillas that ended five decades of war.The FARC launched its guerrilla war against the Colombian government in 1964, after a peasant uprising that was crushed by the army.Under the peace deal negotiated by the Santos administration, the FARC will transform into a political party and its 5,700 fighters will demobilize over a period of six months.The conflict has killed some 260,000 people while 60,000 have vanished, and 6.9 million have been displaced within Colombia.
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