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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 12:42
Colombia's Farc officially ceases to be an armed group (photos)
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Colombia's Farc rebel group has formally ended its existence as an armed group, putting an end to half a century of violent conflict.

In a ceremony which ended the disarmament process, President Juan Manuel Santos said the "peace was real and irreversible".

The former guerrillas will now work on forming a political party.

"Farewell to war. Farewell to arms, welcome to peace!" said Farc leader Rodrigo Londoño, known as Timochenko.

President Santos is now trying to strike a similar deal with the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia's second-largest left-wing rebel group.

The handover of 7,132 weapons was a key demand in the peace process signed last year, which marked the end of the Farc's 52-year conflict in which 260,000 people were killed.

Farc rebels attend the final act of abandonment of arms and Farc

FARC rebels' tents in Mesetas

UN observers checking weapons handed by the FARC ,Cauca Department, Colombia on June 13, 2017.

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