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Forty nine percent of Colombians believe the government will sign an agreement to put an end to the 50-year-long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, but do not believe it will be achieved by the March 23 deadline as agreed in the Havana last September, according to a survey conducted by Pulso País for Colombia’s La W Radio and El TIEMPO.
The survey, conducted by telephone to one thousand people, asked for their opinions on the peace talks with the guerrilla and other current issues in the country. The survey happened from January 26 to 28.
Although the government and the FARC agreed that the peace agreement must be signed by March 23, 61.4% of respondents don’t believe it is possible. Only 26.4% believe it will be possible to sign the agreement as agreed in the Havana by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo ‘Timoshenko’ Londoño Echeverri.
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The survey shows that while respondents are optimistic, 65% believe that the FARC do not have legitimate intentions of reaching a peace agreement.
The survey also found that 61% of respondents do not agree with the way the president is conducting peace talks with the guerrilla.
Furthermore, the disapproval of the Santos administration fell to 64%, according to the survey. This is linked to their opinion of President Santos with only 31% having a favorable opinion, with 60% having a negative opinion.