Colombia negotiators agree UN observer mission to monitor end of civil war
Jan 23, 2016 02:20 AM EST
Another milestone from Colombia's government and its country's largest rebel group, left-wing Revolutionary Armed Army of Colombia (FARC), have been marked. Both parties have agreed to the rapid advancing of peace talks, with a joint request that UN mission implement and strengthen the international observer assignment to oversee disarmament process that could sooner end Latin America's longest-running guerilla conflict of all time.
According to The Guardian, negotiators from each sides have declared that the said 12-month peace talk mission happening in Havana would be consisting unarmed lookouts and observers from Latin American and Caribbean nations respectively. The said assignment is to monitor the bilateral ceasefire as well as the resolving of disputes and various issues that have originally emerged from the expected demobilization of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's 7,000 fighters.
Any ceasefire is set to be monitored in the declared 12-month mission.
BBC shared that whatever progress towards the said mission will guarantee that the ceasefire and disbarment would be absolute and permanent. Humberto de la Calle, Columbia's government lead negotiator showcased the big step as 'transcendental' moment for both parties. Thus, it is not only the commencement of an international process but, of course, an unequivocal demonstration to finally end the confrontation between parties involved.
In addition, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia negotiator Ivan Marquez also expressed his thoughts over the mission announcement. According to him, the new agreement has a strong signal to go over and eventually peace in Columbia is very much possible, Headlines and Global News cited.
Over 220,000 people were noted to have been killed while millions have been displaced through the tremendous violent conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia and the Colombian Military that roots way back in 1964. It is known to be the longest-running armed misunderstanding and warfare in the side of the Western Hemisphere.