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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
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The UN General Assembly erupted in applause as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared on Wednesday that the conflict between his government and the leftist rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had come to an end.

During a celebratory speech before the assembly in New York, Santos said that with a peace deal struck to end the more than 50-year conflict, "a new Colombia greets the international community today."

"After more than half a century of internal armed conflict, I return to the United Nations today ... to announce, with all the strength of my voice and of my heart that the war in Colombia has ended," Santos said.

Santos also received a round of applause at the UN Security Council earlier in the day where he presented the final peace agreement to the president of the council.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will travel to Colombia for the official signing of the peace agreement next Monday, congratulated Santos for his "vision and determination."

"At a time of armed conflict in many other places, peace in Colombia sends a powerful message of hope to the world," Ban said.

US President Barack Obama, meeting with Santos on the sidelines of the General Assembly, also lauded the "historic agreement" that provides "an opportunity for Colombia to open an entirely new chapter of its history."

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