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Colombian peace treaty translated into 62 indigenous languages

Xinhua, September 29, 2016 Adjust font size:

The peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has been translated into 62 of Colombia's indigenous languages, said the Culture Ministry on Wednesday.

All indigenous communities can know about and participate in the upcoming plebiscite, the director of Populations for the Culture Ministry, Moises Medrano, said on Wednesday.

The government official added that in this way, "peace is spoken about in many languages," and for that reason, "it is very important in the country's current situation that they (all Colombians) know the contents of the agreements."

It is hoped, that with these translations, the number of voters in the plebiscite, scheduled for Oct. 2, will increase.

The plebiscite is for Colombians to decide whether the peace treaty signed by Colombia's government and the FARC will be implemented or not.

The signing of the treaty, which was achieved in Havana in August, brought an end to 52 years of armed conflict in the South American nation.

"The national government and FARC acknowledge that the (indigenous) peoples (...) have been seriously affected by the internal armed conflict," said Medrano.

Indigenous representatives are already all over Colombia to help explain the peace treaty to their communities through the leaflet "What we achieved in Havana (Cuba)."

According to the culture ministry, Colombia's native languages can be found spread out throughout the territory involving an approximate population of 1.3 million people. Enditem