Colombia: 17,500 FARC members will demobilize after peace deal, government estimates
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Colombia: 17,500 FARC members will demobilize after peace deal, government estimates

Around 17,500 FARC members will be demobilized upon the signing of a peace deal between the guerrilla group and Colombia’s government, according to President Juan Manuel Santos.

“We calculate that in the FARC there are currently 7,500 armed men and, well being generous, around 10,000 militiamen,” the mandate commented in Bogotá on Tuesday.

Santos’ government and the terrorist group have remained in talks during the past three years to put an end to over 50 years of internal armed conflict in Colombia, resulting in the displacement of 6.6 million people and the death of 260,000 victims, El Espectador reports.

The mandate also added that around 59,000 demobilized FARC members are currently part of Colombian society and labor force.

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