Colombia’s Santos seeks referendum to pave way for peace deal

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Colombia's President Santos speaks during a Reuters interview at presidential palace in BogotaBOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he will send a bill to Congress seeking to hold a referendum on a hoped-for peace deal with the Marxist FARC group on the same day as national elections, a sign that he sees an agreed end to the conflict within months. The government and the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, have been in peace talks hosted by Cuba since last November aiming to end the conflict which has killed more than 200,000 since it began five decades ago. …

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