20 October 2016 – The top United Nations official dealing with the world body’s support for Colombia’s peace process is long-serving veteran Jean Arnault.
Since 2015 he has been heavily engaged on the issue, first as the Secretary-General’s Delegate to the Sub-Commission on End of Conflict Issues within the Colombian Peace Process and, since March this year, as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia.
On September 26 the Colombian Government and the FARC signed a peace agreement, which will be submitted to a plebiscite to be held on October 2, endorsed by the Constitutional Court.
To make the vote's result binding, the winning side would need a majority of ballots cast and support totaling at least 13 percent of the country's 33 million eligible voters.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 10/14/2016 - 01:53 GMT
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday a ceasefire with the country's FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have "a new agreement" for peace before that date.
"I have made the decision to extend the bilateral ceasefire until December 31. Let this be clear: This is not an ultimatum nor a deadline, but I hope that the entire process of obtaining a new agreement will be complete well before then," the president said in a televised address.
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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement that the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army will begin formal negotiations on 27 October in Quito following more than two years of exploratory conversations. This is a source of encouragement to the Colombian people and all those involved in supporting a peaceful and comprehensive end to conflict.
Leaders of the UN Mission and the UN System in Colombia reiterate their support and optimism towards the ceasefire and the peace process
Bogota, Colombia - The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia Jean Arnault said today in a press conference that faced with the post-plebiscite questions, Colombian society is responding with maturity.
Caracas, Venezuela | AFP | Tuesday 10/11/2016 - 03:33 GMT
by Alexander MARTINEZ / with Lissy de Abreu in Bogota
The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced Monday they would launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador's capital, with President Juan Manuel Santos predicting "total peace".
10 October 2016 – Speaking by phone with the leaders of the Colombian peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia and Timoleon Jimenez, Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), to stay the course for peace in spite of the outcome of the recent referendum.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 10/9/2016 - 20:33 GMT
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday that he would donate his $925,000 in Nobel Peace Prize money to victims of the conflict that has roiled his country for half a century.
MONTERIA, 5 October 2016
Days after Colombia voted ‘no’ to the terms of a peace deal between the government and the FARC rebel group, the country is still struggling to come to terms with the unexpected result and what it means for the nation’s long and elusive search for peace.
7 October 2016 – The Colombian Government and the country’s largest rebel group announced today that they are willing to press ahead on the goals of the historic peace accord that was rejected by voters this past weekend, while the two sides also requested that the United Nations Mission in the country continue its work, particularly relating to monitoring the ceasefire.
Joint Communique No. 2
Havana, Cuba - The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP, after meeting in Havana with the guarantor countries and the Chief of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, wish to inform that:
A historic milestone occurred last week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, more than five decades after the start of what became the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.
The measure was then put to a referendum vote where it was expected to pass easily, but ultimately failed by a small margin. Although it’s unclear what will happen next, both sides have said they do not wish to resume the war, and peace negotiations are likely to resume.
Today’s awarding of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos underscores the expectation that Colombians will persevere in their search for peace with justice, Amnesty International said.
“Millions of Colombians still demand peace and justice. Today’s announcement honours not only the initiative taken by President Santos and his government, but many others both within Colombia and beyond who are seeking a path to peace with justice,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 10/7/2016 - 16:51 GMT
The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Friday they have agreed to discuss "adjustments" to a contested peace deal and continue a bilateral ceasefire.
In a further boost to peace just hours after President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize, the two sides vowed in a joint statement to "continue listening" to opponents of the deal, which voters narrowly rejected in a referendum Sunday.
“I congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless efforts for peace in Colombia”, said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
“There is only one solution to the Colombian conflict, and that is through political negotiations. The war has had devastating impacts on civilians, and 7 million have been displaced from their homes. It is now crucial to restart negotiations and reach a new agreement. Our hope is that this award will provide encouragement to the parties to never give up on peace,” he said.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Thursday 10/6/2016 - 22:55 GMT
FARC guerrillas returned Thursday to their hideouts in the Colombian jungle and mountains after voters rejected a landmark peace deal with the government, Red Cross sources said.
The Marxist rebels had gathered in a remote area known as El Diamante in southern Colombia in preparation for a UN-monitored disarmament process.
But they returned to their positions after Sunday's shock referendum result, said sources at the humanitarian group, which helped facilitate their transport.
Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Wednesday 10/5/2016 - 22:55 GMT
by Alina DIESTE
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday peace with the FARC rebels is "close," but his top opponent demanded an overhaul of a "weak" deal rejected by voters in a referendum.
Seeking to salvage the peace process on which he has staked his legacy, Santos held a meeting with his predecessor and former boss, Alvaro Uribe, who has branded him a traitor for negotiating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 10/4/2016 - 03:27 GMT | 795 words
by Florence PANOUSSIAN
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened a new national dialogue Monday to seek peace with FARC rebels as both sides scrambled to revive a peace deal to end the half-century conflict.