UN ap­proves political mis­sion to mon­i­tor a cease-fire

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The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved the de­ploy­ment of a U.N political ms­sion to mon­i­tor a cease-fire be­tween the gov­ern­ment of Colom­bia and the Revo­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, or FARC. The res­o­lu­tion unan­i­mously ap­proved au­tho­rizes a mis­sion made up of 450 ob­servers and a num­ber of civil­ians to be de­ployed in 40 widely dis­pered lo­ca­tions to over­see the lay­ing down of arms by the FARC and other as­pects of the new agree­ment. Diplo­mats say the mis­sion should be in place when the two par­ties sign a for­mal peace agree­ment on Sept. 26 in Carta­gena and when the deal goes to a na­tional ref­er­en­dum on Oct. 2. On June 23, Colom­bian Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos and FARC rebels signed a cease-fire and rebel dis-ar­ma­ment deal that moved the coun­try to the brink of end­ing the 52-years war.

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