In Colombia FARC say 'close' to new peace deal

The deal was to see the FARC disarm and turn into a political party, with amnesties for some of its members

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FARC leader Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez said on Twitter that his side was "close to defining an accord addressing the concerns of everyone: those who abstained, the No camp and the Yes" play

FARC leader Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez said on Twitter that his side was "close to defining an accord addressing the concerns of everyone: those who abstained, the No camp and the Yes"

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Colombia's communist FARC rebels said Monday they were "close" to agreeing on new terms to rescue a peace accord that was rejected by voters in a referendum.

The force has resumed talks with the government to seek a new deal taking into account the demands of the "No" camp that rejected the accord in a referendum on October 2.

The sides are aiming to end a 52-year civil conflict that has killed 260,000 people.

FARC leader Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez said on Twitter that his side was "close to defining an accord addressing the concerns of everyone: those who abstained, the No camp and the Yes."

The deal that was put to the vote was to see the FARC disarm and turn into a political party, with amnesties for some of its members.

Opponents of the deal said it made too many concessions to the FARC.

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