Colombian govt, FARC rebels ask UN to monitor peace

The head of the FARC delegation to peace talks, Ivan Marquez (L), speaks during a press conference at the Convention Palace in Havana on January 19, 2016Colombia’s government and FARC rebels said they have asked the United Nations to monitor the eventual end of their five-decade conflict, raising hopes they are close to a peace deal. Negotiators from both sides said they had asked the UN Security Council to send an unarmed observer mission to Colombia for 12 months to oversee the disarmament of the Marxist guerrilla group and the end of the conflict. “This entity will begin work once the accord is signed,” said government and rebel negotiators in a joint statement in Havana, where they have been holding peace talks since November 2012.

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