Colombia’s Leader Says Peace Deal Rests on People’s Ability to Forgive

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By SOMINI SENGUPTASEPT. 19, 2016

A half-century of civil war has deeply injured the psyche of Colombians, the country’s president said on Monday, weeks before a nationwide referendum on a peace deal that would end Latin America’s last major guerrilla conflict.

“Making peace is much more difficult than making war because you need to change sentiments of people, people who have suffered, to try to persuade them to forgive,” the president, Juan Manuel Santos, said in an interview.

“Three generations of war have taken away from us our capacity to feel and suffer for other people,” he added.

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