UN political chief chairs meeting on bringing peace to Colombia

he top United Nations political officer has presided over a meeting bringing together the world body’s senior officials and high-level representatives from the Government of Colombia to discuss efforts to bring peace to the South American country which has seen more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs.

Colombia: as thousands flee fighting, UN refugee agency voices concern for civilians

As thousands have fled their homes in the Nariño region in southern Colombia to escape fighting between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for the protection of civilians and urged authorities to provide assistance to those affected.