New Colombia accord reaffirms "collective desire for peace”

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Cartagena prepares for Colombian Peace Agreement Ceremony UN Photo/Rick Barons

A new peace agreement between Colombia and the FARC rebels reaffirms the country's desire for peace, according to the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement issued Sunday by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon praised Colombians for listening to one another throughout this exercise.

A plebiscite in early October defeated the first agreement, a culmination of a historic four year negotiation between the two parties.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The revised peace accord incorporates many of the proposals of the groups representing Colombians who voted "No" in the 2 October referendum.

According to media reports, the agreement will not be put to another popular vote.

The Secretary-General acknowledged the many groups and individuals in the Colombian society who came forth with proposals to modify the texts.

Colombians now have a new opportunity to go forward on the road to peace more unified than before, he noted.

Ban Ki-moon also commended the parties for maintaining firm their commitment to the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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