UN approves political mission to monitor a cease-fire
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.