Colombia peace agreement welcomed by Security Council

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A peace agreement between the Colombian government and rebels which will bring an end to a 50-year-long conflict has been unanimously welcomed by the UN Security Council.

The peace deal was signed by Colombia and the rebel FARC movement in August in the Cuban capital, Havana.

Charles Appel reports

Colombia and FARC forged a ceasefire in June. That was followed in August by an agreement which would formally end the conflict and build a stable and long-lasting peace.

The United Nations has agreed to deploy 450 unarmed observers to the South American country as well as civilian components in 40 locations.

Colombia's representative to the UN, Ambassador María Emma Mejía , spoke to the Security Council through an interpreter.

"The agreement has begun to bear fruit and since the entry into force of the ceasefire, there has not been a single victim because of clashes relating to this conflict."

The agreement between FARC and the Colombian authorities has to be approved by a national referendum due to take place in October.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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