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UN ends disarmament in Colombia as FARC honors slain rebel


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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – The United Nations has finished deactivating thousands of weapons and munitions that once belonged to demobilized leftist rebels in Colombia.

In a ceremony Friday attended by President Juan Manuel Santos and leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the U.N. said it had collected a total of 8,994 firearms and more than 38 tons of explosives.

While the FARC appears to have honored its commitment to disarm many are doubtful it will begin confessing to their war crimes and compensating victims as required by last year’s peace deal.

Former guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia pay homage to slain rebel leader Jorge Briceno, known as Mono Jojoy, one of their most-prominent and despised military strategists, at his grave in a cemetery in southern Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Briceno was killed by the Colombian Army on Sep. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

In a separate event Friday some 50 rebel leaders laid flowers at the grave of one of the FARC’s most-prominent but also cruelest military strategist. The rebel commander known by his alias Mono Jojoy was killed in combat in 2010.

A man places flowers on the grave of slain rebel leader Jorge Briceno, known as Mono Jojoy, during an homage of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, to one of their most-prominent and despised military strategists at a cemetery in southern Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Briceno was killed by the Colombian Army on Sep. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

A man places flowers on the grave of slain rebel leader Jorge Briceno, known as Mono Jojoy, during an homage of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, to one of their most-prominent and despised military strategists at a cemetery in southern Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Briceno was killed by the Colombian Army on Sep. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Women attend an homage of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, for Jorge Briceno, one of their most-prominent and despised military strategists, at a cemetery in southern Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Briceno was killed by the Colombian Army on Sep. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Women attend an homage of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, for Jorge Briceno, one of their most-prominent and despised military strategists, at a cemetery in southern Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Briceno was killed by the Colombian Army on Sep. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

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