Friday, 9 June 2017

Colombia's Farc rebels have handed over 30% of weapons

Farc rebels in Colombia say they have handed over 30% of their arms to United Nations (UN) monitors, under the terms of last year's peace agreement.

They will hand over another third next Wednesday, with the remainder due to be surrendered in a fortnight's time.

The weapons are to be stored at 26 locations around the country.

After five decades of war and years of negotiations, the government and the country's biggest rebel group sealed the agreement last year.

There are 7,000 rifles and pistols to be handed over before the Farc - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - can become a political party.

Farc leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, who is better known as Timochenko, announced the handover on social media on Wednesday.

Government sources and the UN confirmed that the weapons had been surrendered.

Farc rebels have until 20 June to hand over all their weapons - a deadline that was extended from an original date of 30 May.

BBC      News.