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Colombia's Rebels Take Another Step Toward Ending Conflict

by The Associated Press /
Image: Colombia's lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and Colombia's FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez (R) shake hands in Havana
Colombia's lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and Colombia's FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez (R) shake hands in Havana, December 15, 2015. Representatives of the Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels signed an agreement on Tuesday on reparations for war victims and the establishment of special tribunals to try former combatants once the two sides reach a definitive peace pact. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY STRINGER / Reuters

Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - known by its Spanish initials, FARC - are taking another major step toward reaching a peace deal.

Negotiators say they've successfully finished talks on how to address the needs of 6 million victims of the half-century conflict. This includes reparations and the rebuilding of infrastructure in communities which have been most damaged by fighting.

After Monday's announcement, the biggest issue that is not yet settled is how members of will demobilize. Since September, the momentum to conclude the 3-year talks has been building when President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono announced an agreement on how to punish rebels who confess war crimes. Details of that accord were also unveiled Tuesday.

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