Colombia's Farc say 'close' to new peace deal

A picture released by the Farc depicting its commanders alighting from a plane on arriving on Sept 12, 2016 at La Macarena, Colombia, to participate in the 10th National Guerilla Conference.
A picture released by the Farc depicting its commanders alighting from a plane on arriving on Sept 12, 2016 at La Macarena, Colombia, to participate in the 10th National Guerilla Conference.PHOTO: AFP/FARC

HAVANA (AFP) - Colombia's communist Farc rebels said on Monday (Oct 24) they were "close" to agreeing on new terms to rescue a peace accord that was rejected by voters in a referendum.

The force has resumed talks with the government to seek a new deal taking into account the demands of the "No" camp that rejected the accord in a referendum on Oct 2.

The sides are aiming to end a 52-year civil conflict that has killed 260,000 people.

Farc leader Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez said on Twitter that his side was "close to defining an accord addressing the concerns of everyone: those who abstained, the No camp and the Yes".

The deal that was put to the vote was to see the Farc disarm and turn into a political party, with amnesties for some of its members.

Opponents of the deal said it made too many concessions to the Farc.