We continue our interview with author Mario Murillo, about news that one of the worldâ€™s longest conflicts appears to be nearing an end after more than 50 years of fighting. On Thursday, Colombian government officials and FARC rebels gathered in Havana, Cuba, to announce a historic ceasefire nearly four years in the making.The breakthrough deal reportedly includes terms on an armistice, the handing over of weapons, and the security of insurgents who give up their arms. The conflict in Colombia began in 1964 and has claimed some 220,000 lives. More than 5 million people are estimated to have been displaced. President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander TimoleÃ³n JimÃ©nezâ€”known as Timochenkoâ€” then formally announced the terms of the ceasefire at a ceremony in Havana. Murillo is professor of communications at Hofstra University. He is the author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization. ||| Visit democracynow.org to watch the full daily news program, read the transcript, or search our vast online archive. Livestream weekdays 8-9am ET. Follow Democracy Now! on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google+ and Pinterest.
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