The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is set to visit Colombia on the invitation of its Government to investigate violence against women in the country's armed conflict.
Pointing to new difficulties in the talks between the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the country's government, a United Nations envoy warned today that the peace process in Colombia was in crisis.
An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all sides in the conflict in Colombia to end the growing abuses against the civilian population and to make a renewed effort to negotiate in order to avoid an all-out war.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is supporting Ecuador's efforts to cope with scores of Colombians who have sought protection in the country after fleeing conflict in their homeland, a spokesman for the agency said today.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced the abduction by rebel Colombian forces of a former state governor who had been taken from a United Nations vehicle after visiting a village near the site of peace talks between the Government and the rebels.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that it would release more than 250 soldiers and policemen, some of whom had been held hostage for close to three years.