The second phase now involves how the FARC will reform from a fighting entity into a political organization. “We expect to make major progress on this issue to open up democracy in Colombia,” Tellez said. The FARC insisted that there must be an overall umbrella agreement for an overall peace settlement to be reached. This is a very significant step on the road toward ending a conflict, which has been marching on since 1964. More than 600,000 people have been killed during the conflict and, with no ceasefire, more are dying every day.