A contention that kept going more than five decades. An expected 220,000 individuals slaughtered. Five million uprooted.
These amazing figures will soon by relegated to history Monday as the Colombian government wipes the slate clean with its long-lasting enemy, the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia dissident gathering, better known by its Spanish acronym, FARC.
In a typical motion, the pens that will be utilized to sign the memorable peace bargain, years really taking shape, are produced using reused projectiles once utilized as a part of the contention. An engraving in favor of the pens peruses: "Projectiles composed our past. Instruction, our future."
The two sides, joined by pioneers from the US, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay, the UN and Cuba are because of meet up in the seaside provincial city of Cartagena to sign the agreement.
The radicals voted collectively to affirm an arrangement that was settled in August to end the 52-year-old clash, Latin America's longest-running.
Despite everything it should be approved by voters, who will consider the assention in a solitary issue submission on October 2. It is required to pass.
The settlement, which President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC pioneer Rodrigo Londoño, otherwise called Timochenko, will sign, obliges dissidents to surrender their weapons and take part in a transitional equity process toward reintegration.
New political period
On the off chance that and when it is affirmed by the electorate, the FARC will stop to be an agitator bunch however will rather go into legislative issues as a left-wing party.
The bargain gives the FARC 10 political seats, yet it stays to be checked whether the agitator bunch, established on Marxist philosophies of class battle, can adequately move into a political stage.
While the arrangement symbolizes a chance for future eras to grow up in peace, the arrangement additionally flags another part for the area. The longest running war in the Americas will at last be over, bringing a conclusion to furnished political clash in Latin America.
In any case, not all gatherings are bound by the peace bargain. The second most effective gathering taking after the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN), has declared enthusiasm for the peace bargain however declined to end its routine of seizing.
End of a period for outfitted clash in Latin America
Latin America has gradually been liberating itself from the shadows of the Cold War as nations, for example, Colombia, Guatemala, Bolivia and Chile – with the assistance of the US – battled off renegade guerillas.
"Over the locale, the Cold War is over," said Cynthia Arnson, chief of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Presently, "guerrilla war is no more seen as a sensible approach to challenge power."
The FARC began in 1964 and, similar to their guides in Cuba, was focused on redistributing the riches, regardless of the possibility that it implied by power.
In any case, a large portion of a century later, now subsidized by a refined cocaine trafficking system and equipped with kid warriors, the energizing cries to ensure an agrarian culture start to sound old-fashioned and out of date.
As indicated by Arnson, open endorsement for the FARC has never surveyed more than 5%.
War-tired, yet at the same time untrusting
For Jorge Bermudez, a retiree in Bogota, the peace arrangement is great in principle, however he stays vigilant.
"I don't think the assention will turn into a reality since managing individuals who have executed such a large number of kids, that have mangled individuals and abruptly they are in government… by what means will this nation wind up with such individuals?" he told CNN Español.
Salud Hernandez, who has been a journalist in Colombia for the day by day daily paper El Mundo since 1999, has motivations to have sick confidence in the FARC. Hernandez has secured this war broadly and was abducted herself this year by the ELN in May.
"Notwithstanding talking with the guerrilla contenders, they can't shroud that what they have accomplished throughout the previous 52 years is slaughter, kidnappings and blackmail," she said in a meeting with CNN Español's Fernando Ramos while covering the last FARC gathering a week ago.
"This is a gathering that didn't have the well known backing for all intents and purposes and that has summoned the nation to endless tragedies."
A main crusader against the peace arrangement is previous President Alvaro Uribe Velez, whose father was executed by the FARC. He blamed Santos for having "acknowledged the majority of the FARC's motivation."
"To this fear based oppressor bunch, they additionally give exemption, and political authenticity to every one of its on-screen characters, including those in charge of slaughters (and) the most serious offenses, and wrongdoings against mankind," he said in a video presented on Twitter in August.
Bargain lives or bites the dust on reprieve
In the interim, FARC pioneers squeeze that there is no peace without reprieve.
Ivan Marquez, the gathering's main moderator, told CNN en Español, "Without this law, well, it is exceptionally troublesome for the guerrillas to start their development into the peace zones or to the transitional focuses for standardization."
As world pioneers cheer the notable marking of a peace arrangement that closures the longest running war in the Americas, whatever is left of the peace procedure is currently in the hands of Colombians.