December 5, 2020

The chancellor of Guatemala opens at the UN and promises support to the organization

The Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Pedro Brolo, premiered this Thursday at the United Nations and stressed the support of the Government of Alejandro Giammattei to the objectives and work of the international organization.

In a speech before the Security Council, Brolo stressed the “importance that the new Administration gives to the various organs of the United Nations” and the “vital” role it gives to multilateralism.

“75 years after the creation of this organization, we believe in the relevance of the role of the United Nations in conflict resolution and in promoting the rule of law,” he said.

Brolo intervened in an open debate on transitional justice systems, defending that in any peacebuilding process justice mechanisms are “fundamental.”

The chancellor took advantage of his intervention to further address the country’s relationship with the UN, making it clear, for example, that the new Government intends to continue contributing troops to the peace missions.

“Guatemala reiterates its commitment to this Security Council to continue sending contingents since they constitute a noble work of the United Nations in extremely adverse circumstances,” he said.

In addition, he presented some of the priorities of the new Executive, including continuing efforts to strengthen justice institutions and access to them.

“Our Government is making efforts to achieve a true national reconciliation, which allows us to reduce the levels of social polarization, build trust, governance and legal certainty that allows the investment and economic and integral development of society,” he said.

In addition to speaking before the Security Council, Brolo met with the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Portuguese António Guterres.

In recent years, under the Jimmy Morales Government, Guatemala had maintained tense relations with the UN for its decision to banish the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) from the country.


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