August 9, 2020

UN Security Council talks peace with ex-guerrillas of the FARC and social leaders

The members of the UN Security Council arrived this Saturday, on the last day of their visit to Colombia, to the municipality of Caldono, in the southwest of the country, to talk with social leaders in the area and ex-guerrillas of the FARC and express their commitment to peace.

"The main objective of this visit is to express our support for the peace process in Colombia," said the president of the Security Council, Peruvian Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, in the Territorial Training and Reintegration Area (ETCR) of Santa Rosa, located in the hamlet of San Antonio de los Monos.

In that rural area of ​​Caldono, ex-guerrillas of the FARC remain who complete their process of social reintegration after signing the peace agreement with the Government on November 24, 2016.

According to the Peruvian ambassador, with the visit they also want to "observe all the opinions and concerns that may exist regarding the implementation" of the agreement.

On Saturday morning representatives of the 15 countries that make up the Security Council arrived by helicopter from the UN to the municipality of Caldono, which is part of the department of Cauca, one of the hardest hit by the armed conflict in the country.

The UN Verification Mission in Colombia indicated that during the visit to Cauca, it also seeks to dialogue with social leaders to accompany them "in their efforts to defend life despite the challenges they face in their security guarantees" .

According to the Ombudsman's Office, at least 462 social leaders were murdered in the country from January 1, 2016 to February 28.

Also, a study by the NGO Institute of Studies on Peace and Development (Indepaz) and the political movement March Patriotic maintains that there are already more than 700 social leaders and 135 ex-combatants of the FARC killed since 2016.

In the San Antonio de los Monos ETCR, the UN members were expected by a large group of ex-guerrillas who complete their reintegration to life in society after the abandonment of arms.

In the right place for the meeting, the representatives observed some rucksacks, ruanas, key rings and vessels made by ex-guerrillas and locals in materials such as bamboo and guadua.

Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who is accompanying the UN delegation, highlighted on Saturday "President Iván Duque's commitment to security, support for productive projects and the reincorporation of former members of the FARC who remain in the law. "

The UN Security Council arrived on Thursday night in Bogota and yesterday took place the meeting with Duque and members of the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (FARC) party, which emerged from the demobilization of the guerrillas.

In that meeting, Duque asked the UN Security Council to extend for one more year the Verification Mission of the peace agreement because it considers that "their accompaniment is vital for this process of reincorporation" of the ex-guerrillas.

Once the visit to Caldono ends today, the members of the Security Council will be transferred again by helicopter to Popayán, capital of Cauca, where they will give a statement to the press.

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