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It was definitely not Charles De Gaulle marching through liberated Paris. Still, the ceremony of the signing of the peace agreement between Colombia’s government of President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) in Cartagena was quite emotional.
A choir of Afro-Colombian women, victims of a massacre, hailed the moment, singing "we feel very happy the Farc will leave their weapons behind". Meanwhile, miles away on the same day, after ten of years imagining he was dead, a mother was reunited with her son who had joined the rebels as a teenager.
In Cartagena, some 2,000 people including victims dressed in white as a symbol of peace wept, sang, and cheered "no more war" as Mr Santos and the Farc's commander shook hands to agree to end a five-decades drug-fuelled war. One of the world's oldest conflicts has finally come to an end.
Well, not yet. On Sunday, 34m Colombians are entitled to head to the polls in a national referendum to vote on a simple but emotionally-charged question: "Do you support the final accord to end the conflict and build a stable and lasting peace?"
Every peace agreement is a compromise. With divisions running deep, the success or failure of the peace accord will be a function of the personal feelings of millions of Colombians who abhor Farc rebels for their heinous crimes. Just as Brexit divided the UK, the peace accord has triggered ambivalence, splitting Colombia between opposing camps.
When it comes to divided societies, bondholders can now put their faith in an Opec deal for the highly-polarised Venezuela to make good on its debts. After failing to entice investors with a bond swap, the state oil company sweetened the deal as tries at all costs to stave off default.
Many wonder what would happen to Venezuela's $68bn in outstanding foreign bond debts if the country, which is battling its worst economic and political crisis in decades, is drawn into an internecine fight. They, like the Colombians, should perhaps listen to John Lennon and "give peace a chance."