Colombia victims "most forceful" voices of peace

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses attendees at the signing of the Colombia Peace Agreements in Cartagena. Photo: OSSG

The victims of the Colombia conflict have been among the "most forceful" voices for peace and reconciliation, the UN chief has said.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the city of Cartagena to witness the historic deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The agreement ends four years of negotiations between the warring parties in Havana, Cuba.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Thousands of Colombians attended the official signing ceremony of the peace agreement on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply moved" and honoured to be in the city of Cartagena to celebrate this achievement with the countless Colombians who "never lost hope in peace".

He commended the Victims' Law adopted 5 years ago for building the foundation for peace.

Their example should be an inspiration for all, Mr Ban added.

He also also praised the parties for their commitment to ensure truth, justice and reconciliation for all victims.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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