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19-Jul-2019 00:02:48
Following the release of the Secretary-General’s report on Colombia and a country visit by members of the Security-Council, the Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu said, “the assessment of the peace process is mixed.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Pan right, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“As pointed out by the Secretary-General in his report, and as the Council was able to observe on the ground, the assessment of the peace process is mixed. While efforts by the Government to advance the reintegration of former FARC-EP members have begun showing concrete results, security in conflict affected areas remains of grave concern.”
5. Med shot,
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“The plight of hundreds of brave leaders under threat around the country is unacceptable. The Sub-commission of the National Commission on Security Guarantees recently met to receive inputs from civil society organizations, but we remain concerned that the Commission itself has not met for many months. Its mandate -the design and implementation of a public policy to dismantle criminal organizations is essential to put a stop to these killings.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Since the Secretary-General’s report was issued three weeks ago, four more former combatants have been killed, bringing to 127 the number of former FARC-EP members killed since the Peace Agreement was signed. One of those killed was a former mid-level commander who had been active in the negotiations in Havana and was leading a productive project.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“It is urgent to increase the number of productive projects for former combatants and to provide the necessary technical assistance and access to markets in order to ensure their sustainability. Both parties have a responsibility for re-energizing the process of presentation, approval and disbursement of funding for the projects.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“The National Government's commitment to the socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants has been translated into concrete actions, seeking not only the effectiveness of the process but its sustainability. The institutional offer to ensure care in this area has been maintained and strengthened, both for the more than 3,000 ex-combatants who are in the ETCRs and for the more than 8 thousand who are outside them, having preferred to advance their process of reinstatement to civilian life outside these spaces.”
13. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Following the release of the Secretary-General’s report on Colombia and a country visit by members of the Security-Council, the Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (19 Jul) said, “the assessment of the peace process is mixed.”

Ruiz Massieu said that “while efforts by the Government to advance the reintegration of former FARC-EP members have begun showing concrete results, security in conflict affected areas remains of grave concern.”

The Special Representative said, “the plight of hundreds of brave leaders under threat around the country is unacceptable” and expressed concern that the National Commission on Security Guarantees “has not met for many months.”

Its mandate, “is essential to put a stop to these killings.”

Ruiz Massieu said that “since the Secretary-General’s report was issued three weeks ago, four more former combatants have been killed, bringing to 127 the number of former FARC-EP members killed since the Peace Agreement was signed.”

He pointed out that it was “urgent to increase the number of productive projects for former combatants and to provide the necessary technical assistance and access to markets in order to ensure their sustainability.”

The Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, told the Council that “the National Government's commitment to the socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants has been translated into concrete actions, seeking not only the effectiveness of the process but its sustainability.”

He said, “the institutional offer to ensure care in this area has been maintained and strengthened, both for the more than 3,000 ex-combatants who are in the ETCRs and for the more than 8 thousand who are outside them, having preferred to advance their process of reinstatement to civilian life outside these spaces.”

The Mission’s mandate is to verify the implementation by the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP of the Final Agreement, including the political, economic and social reintegration of FARC-EP and the implementation of personal and collective security guarantees and of comprehensive programmes on security and protection measures for communities and organizations in the territories, as well as carrying out the required regional and local verification.
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