NEW YORK, 4th December, 2016 (WAM) — Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, has welcomed the Colombian parliament’s ratification of the new Final Peace Agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, FARC-EP, expressing hope for its swift implementation for the benefit of all Colombians.

In separate statements yesterday, the UN chief and the 15-member Council also commended the parties in the country for their continued commitment to bring the 50-year long conflict to an end.

“The ratification of the Agreement constitutes 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,” said Mr. Ban, according to a statement issued by his office.

He added that the determination of the parties and people of Colombia to achieve peace has been a source of inspiration around the world.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also welcomed the ratification and called on all actors in the country, including opposition political parties, to “put aside their differences” and to work for the implementation of the accord.

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