The Colombian government and FARC rebels have agreed to end fighting with a definitive, historic ceasefire. Yiming Woo reports.
Colombia is a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the western hemisphere. The government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, say they have agreed to a definitive ceasefire. What started out as peasant revolt in the 1960s exploded into a war that has killed more than 200,000 people. Colombians are cautiously optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN RESIDENT, MARIANA HOYOS, SAYING: "This is a first step and I think there's still a lot to be done, but this is a start." In the 1980s hundreds of former FARC soldiers were killed by paramilitaries when they laid down their weapons. It's hardened their resolve not to disarm until they feel absolutely safe. An accord will be signed by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko. But the ceasefire won't start until a final deal is signed by July 20th.