VICE News: Colombia's 50-year war ends with historic ceasefire between rebels and government
Colombia's president and the leader of its biggest rebel group have sealed a "definitive ceasefire" after 52 years of war.
President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño, of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, signed the historic agreement at a solemn ceremony this Thursday in Havana, Cuba.
The accord — that comes after three years of talks, the last stages of which have been based in Cuba — paves the way for a final peace deal to end a conflict born in the 1960s.
The FARC was just one of many Latin American guerrilla movements inspired by Marxist ideology that formed in the wake of Cuba's revolution in 1959. But as the decades passed, what had begun as a peasant revolt against deep injustices and acute poverty transformed into a cocaine-fueled war that also involved state-backed paramilitaries.
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