October 3, 2016 / 12:06 AM / 3 years ago

Colombia's FARC leader say he maintains will for peace despite referendum loss

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) and Marxist rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, better known by the nom de guerre Timochenko, after signing an accord ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people, in Cartagena, Colombia September 26, 2016. Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel leader, Rodrigo Londono, said on Sunday the insurgent group maintained its desire for peace despite the failure of a plebiscite to approve its recently signed deal with the government.

“The FARC reiterates its disposition to use only words as a weapon to build toward the future,” Londono, known by his nom de guerre, Timochenko, said. “To the Colombian people who dream of peace, count on us, peace will triumph.”

Reporting by Helen Murphy; Editing by Peter Cooney

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