Colombia referendum: Peace talks to be revived despite “no” vote
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has vowed to continue working for peace despite the shock rejection of a deal with Farc rebels by 50.2% of voters.
The Farc leader, known as Timochenko, said he was prepared to review and “fix” the agreement, after many in the “no” camp said it was too lenient.
Talks between rebel leaders and government negotiators were due to take place in Cuba on Monday.
The deal was signed last week after nearly four years of negotiations.
It is not yet clear what can be done to save the deal. President Santos earlier said there was no “Plan B” for ending the conflict, which has killed about 260,000 people.
“I will not give up, I will keep seeking peace until the last minute of my term,” he said in address after the results were announced.
The chief peace negotiator for the government, Humberto de la Calle, offered to resign on Monday, saying he took “full responsibility for any errors in the negotiation”. He was earlier ordered back to the Cuban capital of Havana to work with rebel leaders on modifying the deal.
Former President Alvaro Uribe, who led the “no” campaign, is demanding prison sentences for rebel leaders found guilty of crimes and wants them banned from politics.
The “yes” campaign had the backing not just of President Santos but of a wide array of politicians both in Colombia and abroad. But there was also a vocal campaign for a “no” vote, led by Mr Uribe.
Pre-election polls had indicated a strong victory for the ‘yes’ camp.
But in a surprise result, 50.2% of voters rejected the agreement compared with 49.8% who voted for it.
The difference was about 54,000 votes out of almost 13 million ballots. Turnout was low with fewer than 38% of voters casting their votes.
oops..somebody forgot to tell the voting public how to vote correctly! 🙂
“The difference was about 54,000 votes out of almost 13 million ballots. Turnout was low with fewer than 38% of voters casting their votes.”
not by much though..but enough..
“Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has vowed to continue working for peace despite the shock rejection of a deal with Farc rebels by 50.2% of voters.”