UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia for another year, till Sept. 25, 2021.
Resolution 2545, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, also indicates the Security Council's intention to add to the mission's mandate the task of verifying compliance with the sentences of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.
The inclusion of the new task will be based on the outcome of the ongoing consultation process coordinated by the Colombian government, says the resolution.
The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is a transitional justice mechanism to investigate crimes committed during the five-decade-long armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The Colombian government and FARC struck a peace deal in August 2016 after four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba. The Security Council in July 2017 approved the establishment of the Verification Mission to verify the political, economic and social reintegration of former FARC combatants as well as security guarantees.
The Verification Mission succeeded a UN mission of unarmed observers tasked by the Security Council in January 2016 to monitor and verify the laying down of arms, and to help monitor and verify the cease-fire following the signing of a peace agreement. Enditem