7937th Security Council Meeting: Colombia

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SIX OFFICIAL 11-May-2017 00:01:31
The Security Council adopted a presidential statement paying tribute to Colombia’s people for embarking on the path to peace after more than 50 years of conflict at 7937th meeting.
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In a statement issued by Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay), the Security Council President for May, the Council underlined the significant benefits that a lasting peace would bring to all of Colombia, emphasizing that the country’s peace process would be a positive example to the rest of the world.

The Council recognized the long-running conflict’s impact, particularly on the most‑affected communities, and expressed concern over the recent killings of some of their members, including community leaders. Acknowledging the significant challenges involved in implementing the Final Peace Agreement, it welcomed the progress made and the commitment demonstrated by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia‑People's Army (FARC-EP) in that regard.

Welcoming the peaceful arrival of almost 7,000 FARC-EP members in the agreed zones, and the start of the process of laying down arms, as well as the continuing commitment of the parties to enable the FARC to lay down their individual weapons by the agreed 180-day deadline. The Council noted that sustained implementation of the Peace Agreement — including the prompt adoption of all agreed measures to ensure effective reincorporation and reconciliation, with the full participation of women — would be vital to securing a stable and lasting peace for all Colombians.

The meeting began at 11:54 a.m. and ended at 11:57 a.m.
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