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To Colombia's Peace - a Redo Agreement without the Referendum

Colombia's government and Farc rebels who have been fighting a 52-year-old conflict, agreed yesterday on a redo of a peace agreement that was turned down by voters on October 2. The new peace agreement will not go to Colombian voters in referendum this time around, rather it seeks approval of just the Congress.

The original peace agreement, rejected in October, according to Colombian naysayers, was too lenient to confessed Farc rebels for crimes committed, among others things in the South American country.

However, as reported by the BBC-News today, the revised agreement completed in Havana, Cuba, yesterday, under the mediation of Cuba and Norway, incorporates proposals from opposition and other groups. "We have reached a new final agreement to end the armed conflict, which incorporates changes, clarifications and some new contributions from various social groups," the two sides concluded in a joint statement. 

President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in trying to bring peace to beautiful Colombia despite the fact that the measure was rejected by 50.2 percent of the voting Colombian electorate on October 2. 

While the new agreement will not go to the people in referendum and instead would be approved by the Congress, the leader of the "NO" campaign in Colombia, former president. Alvaro Uribe, remains pessimistic and he thinks the agreement didn't go far enough to punish the Farc, the BBC reported.

Yet, Colombia stands a chance to usher a new era of peace and stability with the new agreement between the government and the Farc. Here's to stability in Colombia.