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Colombia’s chief peace negotiator offers to resign

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) looks at the head of the Colombian government's delegation of the peace talks with the FARC guerrillas, Humberto de la Calle (2-R) after delivering a speech after signing the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016 The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord to end a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. Santos and "Timochenko" Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, prompting loud cheers from the crowd which included numerous international dignitaries. Luis ACOSTA / AFP

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) looks at the head of the Colombian government’s delegation of the peace talks with the FARC guerrillas, Humberto de la Calle (2-R) after delivering a speech after signing the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016 The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord to end a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. Santos and “Timochenko” Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, prompting loud cheers from the crowd which included numerous international dignitaries.<br />Luis ACOSTA / AFP

The Colombian government’s chief negotiator in peace talks with the FARC, Humberto de la Calle, offered his resignation Monday after voters narrowly rejected a peace deal with the rebels.

“Any mistakes we made are my responsibility alone,” he told journalists at the presidential palace. “As a result, I have come to tell the president (Juan Manuel Santos) that I am offering to stand down as head of the delegation, because I will not be an obstacle to what comes next.”



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  • amador kester

    The columbian voters made a debilitating mistake that truncated the bilateral negotiations after half a century of crisis but they have the freedom of choice and the responsibilities thereof. But now they have rejected negotiated settlement what do they really propose?— anarchy, the mother of order?