Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Colombia's Rebels Take Another Step toward Ending Conflict

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Colombia's Rebels Take Another Step toward Ending Conflict

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HAVANA * Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group took another major step toward signing a peace deal, agreeing on a framework to address the needs of millions of victims left by a half century of fighting.

Surrounded by representatives of victims' groups, negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government announced Tuesday they would make efforts, once a final deal is reached, to search for those killed or who have gone missing during the conflict, punish those responsible for war crimes and compensate victims and communities most affected by the violence.

The 63-page agreement also establishes an independent truth commission to guarantee human rights abuses don't return to areas where fighting between the rebels, armed forces and right-wing paramilitaries has been the most intense. …

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