UN to monitor end of Colombia-FARC conflict

A relative of a victim of the armed conflict in Colombia lights a candle during a ceremony marking the dignified return of the remains, in Villavicencio, Meta department, in December 2015The United Nations agreed Monday to monitor the expected end of a half-century conflict between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, in a move hailed as an important step towards peace. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that, at the request of the two sides, establishes a “political mission” with unarmed international observers. The mission will be in place for at least 12 months to supervise and check the laying down of arms, and be part of a tripartite body to “monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities” between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, the resolution said.

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