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Peace has Come to Colombia - the Farc Peace Deal is Ratified

Thanksgiving and an early peace for the yuletide season has come to the Latin American country of Colombia - the Congress has ratified the Government-Farc peace deal, thus providing the picturesque nation with the opportunity to live free of conflict for the first time in 52-years.

It was back in 1964 that an insurgency of peasants rose up in Colombia to fight for land rights among other things. Over the years, the Farc developed into a well armed group with unfortunate ties to drug trafficking. The human toll from the insurrection remained high with some 260,000 people dying in the half-century of conflict. Colombians hoped for peace and talks started to end the violence.

Although it took more than four-years of negotiations with Cuba and Norway acting as mediators to reach and to approve the peace deal, Colombia's President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Juan Manuel Santos, remained resolute to effecting the peace even after the original peace deal was defeated in referendum on November 2 by 50.2 percent of Colombia voters. 

Talks resumed on the peace deal in Havana, Cuba, immediately following the defeat of the peace referendum, seeking a compromise to appease the naysayers to the agreement. A full accounting and surrender of Farc assets were negotiated to compensate victims along with other provisions and the deal was agreed by the parties. 

However, instead of sending the deal back to the people, it was agreed that the Colombia Congress would approve or deny the agreement. As reported by the BBC-News earlier today, one day after the pact was endorsed by the Senate, Colombia's lower house of lawmakers ratified the Farc Peace Agreement allowing peace to grace the plush hills and valleys of Colombia for the first time in 52-years. Viva Colombia!