Tom Koenigs, Germany's special envoy for the Colombian peace process, hails the new peace deal between the Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels. The agreement should be implemented immediately, Koenigs added.
Gunmen claiming to belong to Colombia's ELN rebel group have kidnapped an oil engineer in the country's north. The government this week suspended peace talks with the guerrillas following a string of recent attacks.
With a ceasefire set to expire, Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas are pushing for a peace deal. The outcome of talks will have a major impact in the country and could even decide the presidential election.
The UN has announced that Antonio Guterres will travel to Colombia this weekend to discuss the state of peace talks. These have been temporarily broken off after ELN rebels staged attacks when a ceasefire expired.
Colombia's president has warned of an unfolding "humanitarian crisis" on the border with Venezuela. Nearly half a million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia to escape economic deprivation and a crackdown on dissent.
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