Farc fighters have handed in their weapons

Colombian Army officials reported that the dissident of the faction of Farc rebels leader has been killed by Colombian army. He has been refusing to abide the peace process.

Along with other nine militants, Rodrigo Cadete, who was 52 years old, was killed in an operation in the southern Caqueta region.

He had been trying to unite some of the 1,700 members of the Farc who have not handed in their arms, according to the Colombian Defence Ministry’s officials.

Most of them continue fighting in a remote jungle areas.

But the majority of Farc militants have handed their arms in and are honouring peace agreement. This agreement was signed in 2016 and ended armed conflict lasting for past several decades.

Rodrigo Cadete had taken part in the peace talks between the government and the Farc which had been mostly holding in Cuba’s Havana. But he refused to accept the final deal.

“Today in a seamless operation the criminal known as Rodrigo Cadete, one of the most feared figures of terrorism in our country, was neutralised,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said.

According to the agreement, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or The Farc, is now a political party. It is known as the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force with five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives.

The Farc was formed in 1964 with the stated intention of overthrowing the government and installing a Marxist regime.

According to the statistics, during half a century of conflict between Farc and the government, eight million people died, disappeared or were displaced.

As a result of the 2016 peace deal, which was reached after years of negotiations, more than 7,000 Farc ex-fighters agreed to demobilize.