Proposed UN resolution would authorize monitors for Colombia
EDITH M. LEDERER
Jan. 22, 2016
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution obtained Friday by The Associated Press would establish a political mission to monitor and verify a future cease-fire in Colombia that would end Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.
Members of the Security Council discussed the draft resolution on Thursday and diplomats said Friday it could be adopted as early as next week. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.
The draft welcomes the progress in negotiations between Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and notes their joint request on Tuesday for a U.N. monitoring mission.
The request, made at a meeting in Havana, sent a strong signal that a March deadline to wrap up peace talks could be within reach.
The draft resolution notes that the Colombian government and the FARC foresee a final peace agreement including "a tripartite mechanism" — comprising the government, FARC and an "international component" — to monitor a cessation of hostilities and the laying down of arms.
It recognizes that the two sides have asked the U.N. to participate as the "international component" and says the U.N. will be "the coordinator" of the monitoring operation.
The draft resolution would establish a political mission for 12 months. It says the council would consider an extension if asked by the two parties.
The proposed resolution asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to initiate preparations for a political mission with "unarmed international observers," and to present detailed recommendations on its size and operation to the council for its approval within 30 days of a cease-fire.