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Colombia is on the "precipice of a historic achievement".
That was the verdict of United States Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, as the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution setting up a new political mission to the South American country.
It's hoped the mission will help Colombia transition to a lasting peace, after decades of conflict between the government and FARC rebels.
Matthew Wells has more.
Colombia's government and the FARC leadership made a joint appeal for the UN Security Council to help legitimize the disarmament process, and the resolution passed on Monday aims to fulfil that request.
Ambassador Power hailed the resolution as a major step forward.
"This resolution represents the UN's answer to the joint call made by the government of Colombia and the FARC, for UN engagement to help end this conflict. Colombia is now on the precipice of a historic achievement. Forging a lasting peace agreement will not resolve all of Colombia's challenges, nor will it help heal the deep wounds inflicted over the last five decades."
The task of the mission will be to "monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire".
The resolution asks the UN Secretary-General to present detailed recommendations on establishing the mission, within 30 days of a formal peace deal being reached.
The Colombian foreign minister told the Security Council her government welcomed the resolution, and added that it would strengthen the complex final negotiations over implementing a peace deal.
The mission will include observers from other countries in the region, as well as the existing UN agencies in the country.
Matthew Wells, United Nations.