UN chief welcomes cease-fire announcement in Colombia

Dainik Nepal Jan 02, 2023 | 16:46

Kathmandu: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday welcomed the announcement of a six-month cease-fire between the Colombian government and five armed groups.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on New Year’s Eve bilateral cease-fire agreements with five rebel groups from Jan.1 to June 30, 2023, which he said are extendable depending on the progress of negotiations.

The cease-fire is a development that brings renewed hope for comprehensive peace to the Colombian people as the New Year dawns, said Stephane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesman, in a statement.

“The secretary-general trusts that adherence to these commitments will reduce violence and the suffering of conflict-affected communities, while helping to build confidence in ongoing dialogues.”

The secretary-general reaffirms the support of the United Nations to Colombia’s efforts to achieve full and lasting peace, said the statement.



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