The oldest guerrilla group in Latin America, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), said goodbye Tuesday, the result of a long peace process negotiated in Havana between the Colombian government and the guerrilla leadership.
President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño — alias Timochenko — initially signed the unprecedented peace agreement on Sept. 26 in the city of Cartagena de Indias.
At that time, Santos said he preferred “an imperfect agreement that saves lives to a perfect war that continues to sow death and pain in our country and in our families.”
That wasn’t an exaggeration. The Colombian conflict left about 260,000 dead, 45,000 missing, and 6.9 million people left displaced in its wake. …