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Colombian government and rebel group agree on drug trade plan

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Farc – the country’s largest rebel group – have agreed on a plan to deal with that country’s illicit drug trade.

If they manage to reach a final decision, the two sides agreed to eliminate all illicit drug production in Colombia as part of a six-point peace agenda being negotiated in Cuba. Both parties also agreed on a program to clear rural areas of land mines.

Coming less than a week before elections, the agreement on Friday marked the end of the last round of negotiations that President Juan Manuel Santos initiated.

The talks in Havana Cuba, are the fourth attempt to reach peace since the 1980s. Previous negotiations failed amid disagreements and violence.

More than 220,000 people have died since the violence began in the 1960s.

(Pic: BBC World/AFP)

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