Ban Welcomes Colombian Government and FARC Joint Request to Create UN Political Bureau |

A statement released today by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said the statement was issued by both sides from Havana, Cuba, where peace talks have been ongoing since 2012. According to the statement, the The requested UN mission would constitute “the international component of a tripartite mechanism to monitor and verify a future agreement on a bilateral and final ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities and the laying down of arms.”

“The Secretary-General also welcomes the parties’ request to members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to provide international observers to the mission to be established by the United Nations,” the statement continued.

The UN chief congratulated the Colombian government and the FARC-EP for another important step towards the peaceful resolution of the armed conflict. He reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting their efforts in the search for peace.

FARC rebels are in talks with the government to try to end a 51-year conflict that has claimed nearly a quarter of a million lives. Throughout the talks, which began in Havana in 2012, negotiators reached agreement on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and transitional justice.

Addressing the annual high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly last September, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said “Colombia is on the path to peace”, aimed at ending the longest conflict. armed forces of the western hemisphere. He also announced that March 23 would be the deadline for signing a final agreement.

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