New York

07 November 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on progress in peace talks concerning Colombia

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.