UN chief welcomes ratification of Colombia peace agreement

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Internally displaced children, victims of conflict in Colombia. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The ratification of Colombia's peace agreement has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as "a major milestone."

Colombia's parliament this week ratified a revised version of the deal signed by the Government and the rebel group FARC, which it is hoped will end more than five decades of conflict in the South American country.

An earlier version of the agreement had been rejected by Colombians during a referendum held in October.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General said he was greatly encouraged by the ratification.

Ban Ki-moon described it as "a major milestone in the peace process that reaffirms the hopes shared by all Colombians for a future in peace and prosperity after decades of conflict."

He congratulated the parties and the country's people, adding that their determination to achieve peace has served as an inspiration around the world.

Mr Ban expressed hope that efforts will now focus on the implementation of the agreement, including through bringing its benefits to communities hardest hit by the conflict.

He also underscored the UN's full support for the process.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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