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Colombia sends historic peace agreement to Congress

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>> The longest running war in the western hemisphere may be close to an end. Colombia's president on Thursday sending the text of a peace accord with the Marxist FARC rebels to Congress. If it passes, the treaty then goes to a public vote. But for some, the prospect of peace is a bittersweet pill to swallow.
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Anastasia Moloney, from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, explains.>> While the vast majority of Colombians want peace after such a long and bitter war, not everyone, and not all Colombians, agree with the peace deal. And are certainly skeptical about the FARC. The two issues that Colombians are divided on is how much justice and what kind of justice that the FARC should face.
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Some Colombians believe that only jail is the right punishment for the FARC. And that FARC commanders, particularly, those who committed crimes against humanity, should be in jail and be imprisoned.>> The conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ravaged the country for more than 50 years.
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Taking nearly a quarter million lives and leaving millions displaced. The agreement, which follows nearly four years of negotiations in Havana, lays out the terms under which rebels will disarm and eventually enter civilian life again. How they'll renounce the drug trade, and become a political party within Columbia, a prospect that leaves many feeling uneasy.
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>> Other Colombians say that they simply don't want to see the FARC hold any kind of elected office. And the thought of them as senators and congressmen is simply unacceptable for many.>> Legislators have 30 days to go over the nearly 300 page document, which will be made public for all Colombians to read, before voting on a referendum October 2nd.