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Colombia, leftist rebels putting final touches on peace deal

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, stands with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Commander the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, Timoleon Jimenez , in Havana, Cuba.  Negotiators for Colombia’s government and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours. Several government negotiators told local news media on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, that all major obstacles to a deal have been cleared up in around-the-clock sessions taking place in Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, stands with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Commander the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, Timoleon Jimenez , in Havana, Cuba. Negotiators for Colombia‚Äôs government and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours. Several government negotiators told local news media on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, that all major obstacles to a deal have been cleared up in around-the-clock sessions taking place in Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • People celebrate  the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    People celebrate the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • People celebrate as they follow a broadcast on screen the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    People celebrate as they follow a broadcast on screen the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

Negotiators for Colombia's government and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.

Several government negotiators told local news media on Wednesday that all major obstacles to a deal have been cleared up in around-the-clock sessions taking place in Cuba. But some representatives for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are cautioning on social media that some details remain to be worked out.

Speculation that President Juan Manuel Santos could announce a deal Wednesday night grew after the government published a photo of negotiators from both sides smiling under a banner reading: "The day is coming. We're on the road to peace."

Once negotiations conclude, the accord must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite.