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UN Security Council to verify Colombia-Farc peace deal

The UN Security Council approved the appointment of an international observation mission on Monday, to assess the disarmament of Colombian troops and Farc fighters.

The resolution, drafted by the UK, set out a one year mission "to monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, and the laying down of arms."

Speaking after the passing of the resolution, Colombia's foreign minister, Maria Angela Holguin was quoted by Reuters as saying, "this concrete mandate of the Security Council will benefit all Colombians and will contribute to build confidence in a country determined to overcome the aftermath of a decades-long conflict that caused too much suffering for generations."

Welcoming the move, the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power told the Security Council, "Colombia is now on the precipice of a historic achievement."

"The Security Council shows that the United Nations stands with the Colombian people as they forge this new future," she added.

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