The U.N. Security Council is warmly welcoming the final peace agreement between the Colombian government and leftist rebels and reiterating its commitment to help implement and verify the cease-fire.

The council said in a statement Friday that the U.N. political mission in Colombia will also support implementation of the "cessation of hostilities and the laying down of arms" by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Malaysia's deputy U.N. ambassador Siti Hajjar Adnin, whose country currently holds the council presidency, read the statement after Jean Arnault, who heads the political mission, briefed members behind closed doors on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recommendations for its operation.

Ban said earlier this month that the U.N. mission will operate in 40 widely dispersed locations and require about 450 observers and a number of civilians.