7 November 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement on Political Participation


between Government, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes yesterday’s announcement that the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached agreement on political participation, the second agenda item in the peace talks being held in Havana, Cuba.

The Secretary-General underscores the importance of guarantees and mechanisms to ensure citizen participation in achieving lasting peace grounded in democratic principles and respect for human rights.  He praises the commitment of the parties to implement the agreement with a gender perspective, ensuring the political participation of women.

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement that talks will continue in Havana and wishes both delegations further success in reaching agreement on the remaining issues.

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