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FARC open the door to discussion of the bilateral ceasefire in Colombia

Delas FARC guerrillas on Saturday opened the door to discussion of the bilateral ceasefire in Colombia and the surrender of their weapons, penultimate point to resolve with the government in Cuba to end half a century of conflict.

The Marxist group announced in Havana that "will be used to fund" in seeking a deal to end the standoff, after giving practically resolved the issue of the victims, whose agreement will be announced next week.

"As we are close to the point of giving victims we have built the platform for analyzing the theme of the end of the conflict," according to a statement read by Sergio Ibanez, team member of the FARC negotiating peace in Cuba since 2012.

Thus, it is expected that in the coming days, the parties announced an agreement through which the victims know the truth, will be repaired and receive guarantees of non-repetition of violence.

The agreement, which consumed year and a half of discussions, also define the treatment they will receive to justice those responsible for serious crimes, including a special tribunal and alternative prison sentences, and amnesty for rebels not involved in serious action.

The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached agreement on three of the six points they agreed: the agrarian problem, illegal drugs and political participation of the guerrilla.

It remains to define the issues of victims - parts and taken for granted - that of the surrender of the weapons and the end of the confrontation, in addition to the mechanism for the countersigning of the agreements.

This Saturday the FARC called for a "national debate" starting Monday on proposals to lay down arms, declare a bilateral ceasefire and become a political party, ultimate goal of the process of Havana.

The guerrilla aims, among others, that demilitarized zones and time where they can concentrate their troops once peace is signed, an initiative that is resisted in Colombia for military and other sectors fear that may arise unruly delimit territories .

The government and the FARC proposed to conclude the negotiations in Cuba March 23, 2016, with a final reconciliation agreement.

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