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Proposed UN resolution would authorize monitors for Colombia

The U.N. Security Council is discussing a resolution that would establish a political mission to monitor and verify a future cease-fire between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group for an initial period of 12 months.

The draft resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, welcomes the progress in negotiations to end Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.

It notes the joint request from Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Tuesday for a U.N. mission.

The request was made during peace talks in Havana, sending a strong signal that a March deadline to wrap up peace talks could be within reach.

The draft says the political mission will comprise "unarmed international observers" and asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make recommendations on its size and operation.