UN to shore up Colombia ceasefire

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UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council agreed on Tuesday that a new UN mission for Colombia could continue to monitor a ceasefire despite a referendum vote rejecting the peace deal.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last week extended a ceasefire with the country’s FARC guerillas until December 31 and said he hoped to have a new agreement for peace before that date.

The council “welcomed the parties continued commitment to uphold the ceasefire,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters following a closed-door meeting.

He said the council had received a request from the parties “for the UN mission to monitor and verify the bilateral ceasefire” and that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would present recommendations on that mechanism.

In a presentation to the council Jean Arnault, the UN chief of the mission in Colombia, emphasized the country’s broad consensus on maintaining the bilateral ceasefire, highlighting the population’s dedication to preventing a return to violence.

AFP

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