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Briefing the Security Council, the head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, commended the parties “determination to do everything possible to meet the original goal of the comprehensive laydown of weapons by early June” and said “fast-tracking the ceasefire process along fast-tracking of the legislative agenda make sense.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

11 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Colombian Ambassador María Emma Mejía Vélez
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“Last week President Santos and the FARC Secretariat have reaffirmed their determination to do everything possible to meet the original goal of a comprehensive laydown of weapons by early June. We share the perception that an overly protracted process and a loss of momentum would not be in anybody’s interest. Fast-tracking the ceasefire process along fast-tracking the legislative agenda makes sense.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“Congress was able to pass an amnesty law – excluding serious crimes – that was ratified by President Santos two days later. Its passage was a key request from the guerrilla organization and, besides paving the way for the release or conditional release of some 4,000 prisoners; it should facilitate the first key step towards the laydown of weapons, namely the movement of FARC members to the 26 zones where the laydown will take place.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“The main focus of the effort must now be setting up of the FARC-EP camps. To date, construction has begun in one third of the zones; preparations are ongoing in another third, while the remainder continues to face difficulty. Last week President Santos reviewed progress during a visit, which I accompanied, to one of the zones in southern Colombia. He gave specific instructions to overcome pending obstacles and redouble efforts to enable the 26 camps to be ready at the earliest.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Emma Mejía Vélez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations:
“The balance of these 90 days, of these first three months, is highly positive. The mechanism, as it has been designed, generates confidence among the parties. And the spirit that characterized the Habana negotiations, together with the United Nations for important part of that period, must be reflected as much at the regional as - of course - in the field.”
11. Zoom out, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council today (11 Jan) the head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, commended the parties “determination to do everything possible to meet the original goal of the comprehensive laydown of weapons by early June” and said “fast-tracking the ceasefire process along fast-tracking of the legislative agenda make sense.”

Updating Council members on the implementation of the mission’s mandate following the ratification on 30 November by the Colombian Congress of the new Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Arnault recalled that on 28 December Congress passed an amnesty law which was ratified by President Juan Manuel Santos two days later.

Its passage, he said “was a key request from the guerrilla organization and, besides paving the way for the release or conditional release of some 4,000 prisoners; it should facilitate the first key step towards the laydown of weapons, namely the movement of FARC members to the 26 zones where the laydown will take place.”

The mission chief said “the main focus of the effort must now be setting up of the FARC-EP camps. To date, construction has begun in one third of the zones; preparations are ongoing in another third, while the remainder continues to face difficulty.”

Colombian Ambassador, María Emma Mejía Vélez, told the Council “the balance of these 90 days, of these first three months, is highly positive.”

Mejía Vélez said “the mechanism, as it has been designed, generates confidence among the parties. And the spirit that characterized the Habana negotiations, together with the United Nations for important part of that period, must be reflected as much at the regional as - of course - in the field.”

Following the results of the 2 October 2016 referendum in which a narrow majority of 50.2 per cent of voters rejected the 24 August peace agreement, the mission put on hold the implementation of tasks related to the verification of the laydown of weapons and focused on the verification of the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, which the parties committed to maintain in a 7 October joint communiqué and a 13 October protocol.
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