UN / COLOMBIA

10-Oct-2019 00:02:53
The head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu said, “this is a precious opportunity to put an end to the recurrent dynamics of violence in Colombia,” adding that the UN “remains convinced that the way forward is through a comprehensive implementation of the Final Peace Agreement.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

10 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“This is a precious opportunity to put an end to the recurrent dynamics of violence in Colombia. The United Nations remains convinced that the way forward is through a comprehensive implementation of the Final Peace Agreement. Advancing rural development and political participation, just to mention an example, is as important to consolidating peace as reintegrating former combatants.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“The communities are demanding development, basic services, security and economic opportunities through a holistic presence of the State. Additionally, they are requesting immediate impact strategies to improve protection and security in the regions, hand in hand with the local communities and authorities. This is undoubtedly the promise of the Peace Agreement.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Dialogue is also key to overcoming challenges in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. | encourage the Government and FARC to continue to engage constructively as shown in their joint visits to the former territorial areas. In the same spirit, | hope they make increased use of the architecture established by the Peace Agreement for this purpose, specially the Commission for the Follow-up, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation of the Final Agreement (CSIVI).”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“One topic is the access to land by the ex-combatants. The Report mentions that greater efforts are required in this matter. In this regard, it is key to specify that at this point, it was not agreed in the Final Agreement. However, the Government has identified a number of options to ensure their access to land that, in the context of reinstatement, allow to advance productive projects in the agricultural and farming sphere.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“It cannot be ignored that the Agreement includes a series of commitments acquired by both parties and that the Verification Mission must also ensure monitoring the non-compliance by the FARC. It is urgent that they provide information on the location of the mined fields; the situation of the disappeared; they give up all of their assets for the reparations of the victims; allow the full reintegration of children and adolescents who had been recruited.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
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The head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu said, “this is a precious opportunity to put an end to the recurrent dynamics of violence in Colombia,” adding that the UN “remains convinced that the way forward is through a comprehensive implementation of the Final Peace Agreement.”

Briefing the Security Council today (10 Oct) on the latest report of the Secretary-General on Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu who is heading the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia said that the peace process has continued to move forward through a challenging period since his last briefing.

According to the UN, two years after the successful conclusion of the laying down of arms by the former FARC-EP guerrilla, the vast majority of former fighters remain engaged and committed to the Peace Agreement.

Reflecting on his recent visit to the department of Putumayo, a region where more than half of the population is registered as a victim of the conflict and has not yet received fully the benefits of the signing of the Peace Agreement, Massieu said, “the communities are demanding development, basic services, security and economic opportunities through a holistic presence of the State.”

He added, “they are requesting immediate impact strategies to improve protection and security in the regions, hand in hand with the local communities and authorities. This is undoubtedly the promise of the Peace Agreement.”

The chief of the Mission also noted that some progress has been made in the implementation of various measures announced by the Government to strengthen security guarantees for former combatants and to step up investigations into these killings. But more needs to be done, in particular to address continued budgetary shortfalls faced by the entity in charge of providing protection for former combatants.

He said, “dialogue is also key to overcoming challenges in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. I encourage the Government and FARC to continue to engage constructively as shown in their joint visits to the former territorial areas.”

Massieu continued, “in the same spirit, I hope they make increased use of the architecture established by the Peace Agreement for this purpose, specially the Commission for the Follow-up, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation of the Final Agreement (CSIVI).”

Also addressing the Council, the Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo commented that in the Secretary-General’s report, it mentions that greater efforts are required in the access to land by the ex-combatants.

He said, “it is key to specify that at this point, it was not agreed in the Final Agreement. However, the Government has identified a number of options to ensure their access to land that, in the context of reinstatement, allow to advance productive projects in the agricultural and farming sphere.”

Trujillo also reiterated “It cannot be ignored that the Agreement includes a series of commitments acquired by both parties and that the Verification Mission must also ensure monitoring the non-compliance by the FARC.”

He continued, “it is urgent that they provide information on the location of the mined fields; the situation of the disappeared; they give up all of their assets for the reparations of the victims; allow the full reintegration of children and adolescents who had been recruited.”
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