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UN Security Council to visit Colombia in July

June 26, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, police patrol a coca field as hired farmers uproot coca shrubs as part of a manual eradication campaign of illegal crops in San Miguel on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The Trump administration is reporting on Wednesday, June 26. 2019, that coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018 for the first time in six years, but it remained at historically high levels. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, police patrol a coca field as hired farmers uproot coca shrubs as part of a manual eradication campaign of illegal crops in San Miguel on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The Trump administration is reporting on Wednesday, June 26. 2019, that coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018 for the first time in six years, but it remained at historically high levels. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will be heading to Colombia in July for a firsthand look at implementation of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the country’s main rebel group.

Peruvian Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra and Deputy British Ambassador Jonathan Allen announced Wednesday that their countries will lead the July 11-14 visit.

Meza-Cuadra says the main objective is to show the council’s “full commitment” to the peace process, support the agreement’s implementation and “better understand the priorities and concerns” of the parties and key players.

Allen says the council plans to take a field visit and also meet with officials from the government, the U.N. mission, the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, political parties and civil society.

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