Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Colombia

The Secretary-General welcomes the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of resolution S/RES/2261 (2016), which was co-sponsored by all fifteen members. He is pleased by the strong commitment they have shown to the peaceful resolution of the armed conflict in Colombia.

As mandated by the Council and consistent with the request of the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), the Secretary-General will initiate preparations, including on the ground, so that a United Nations political mission can be fully operational when the final peace agreement is signed.

The Secretary-General welcomes the Council’s active interest in the contributions of the Members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to the Mission. In this context, he has requested Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman, who is representing him at the CELAC summit to be held in Quito, Ecuador, later this week, to engage with the Members of the regional body on their contributions to the UN mission.

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