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Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias

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“Historic” agreement to release children from Colombian armed group

An agreement to release child soldiers serving with one of Colombia’s main armed opposition groups has been welcomed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) reached the deal in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday.

Under the agreement, FARC will release children in its ranks who are younger than 15.

The two sides will also prepare a “roadmap” to free all other children under the age of 18.