Last Container of Decommissioned FARC Weapons Leaves Colombia

The United Nations said on August 15 that Colombia’s FARC rebel group had handed over 8,112 weapons since its peace deal with the country’s government.

The statement was made ahead of a ceremony in Pondores to remove the last container of decommissioned weapons on August 15.

Speaking at the ceremony, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said the country’s conflict with FARC rebels was “truly over”.

UN mission chief for Colombia, Jean Arnault, confirmed that 8,112 weapons had been removed and almost 1.3 million cartridges destroyed.

The weapons will be used to make three monuments celebrating the peace accord, including one in Cuba, one at the UN headquarters in New York, and a third in Colombia. Credit: The United Nations via Storyful