>> Thousands of supporters of the peace deal with FARC rebels filled the streets in cities around Columbia late Wednesday to protest the rejection of the deal. Demonstrators expressing shock and outrage that the public voted against a referendum that would have ended the 52 year war that has killed nearly a quarter of a million people.
>> We want peace that's not politicized but a peace for the citizens of Colombia. Not for the political parties, not for the President, but for all Colombians.>> Sunday's narrow vote to reject the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that was painstakingly negotiated over four years shocked leaders on both sides who are now scrambling to figure out what comes next.
Opponents of the deal argue the terms were too lenient on the guerilla fighters. On Wednesday, Colombia's opposition leader, former President and current Senator Alvaro Uribe met with President Juan Manuel Santos for the first time in five years to propose changes to the government's peace deal with the rebels who have so far said they would remain faithful to the negotiated accord.
However, they appear reluctant to change the terms of the deal at this stage. Sunday's vote was a political disaster for the President, who is still working towards peace. One thing is certain, all sides, including those who voted no, carrying the vote by less than half a percentage point, say they want an end to war.
So far, the ceasefire is holding.