October 3, 2016 / 12:02 AM / a year ago

Colombia's FARC leader say he maintains will for peace despite referendum loss

FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, better known by hs nom de guerre Timochenko talks during the closing ceremony of a rebel congress near El Diamante in Yari Plains, Colombia, September 23, 2016. REUTERS /John Vizcaino

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel leader, Rodrigo Londono, said on Sunday the insurgent group maintained its desire for peace despite the failure of a plebiscite to approve its recently signed deal with the government.

"The FARC reiterates its disposition to use only words as a weapon to build toward the future," Londono, known by his nom de guerre, Timochenko, said. "To the Colombian people who dream of peace, count on us, peace will triumph."

Reporting by Helen Murphy; Editing by Peter Cooney

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