> Columbia's government and Marxist FARC rebels scrambling Monday to revive a plan that would have put an end to a 52 year war between the two factions. The day after a national referendum delivered a shocking result. Citizens rejected the hard-negotiated deal as too lenient, plunging the nation into uncertainty.
Reuters Antonia Eklund is in the capital, Bogata.>> One of the main things worrying people here is the uncertainty going forward. The no camp has said that they are dedicated to renegotiating a peace agreement with greater penalties of FARC rebel fighters. President Juan Manual Santos, who staked his legacy on these peace agreements, however, previously said that there would be no plan B.
And that the country would turn to war if the peace agreement did not go forward. Now FARC leaders said that they lamented the resentment and the hate that has been shown by parts of the population with this vote. But reiterated their commitment to working with words and not weapons going forward.
>> President Juan Manuel Santos had negotiated for four years with the rebels, led by Rodrigo Londoño, or Timochenko. The peace accord, signed just last week in Havana, Cuba. Gave the fighters the opportunity to turn their weapons over to the UN and confess their crimes. In exchange for being able to form a political party that could compete in future elections.
Santos was not required to submit the deal to a public vote. But expectations that it would pass were so high that turnout was only about 37%, and the no camp won by a narrow margin with just over half the vote.>> The nation showed that the majority is unwilling to accept concessions for rebel fighters.
Such as amnesty, guaranteed political posts, and cash payments that are set out in the agreements. This is even more significant as the areas which have been most affected by the violence and by the conflict are those which voted most emphatically for the no.>> Over the last half-century, 220,000 people have died in the battle between FARC guerrillas and the government.
After the vote, researchers dropped Colombia as one of the favorites to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Santos vowing not to give up, meeting with all political parties, and sending a negotiator back to Havana on Monday.