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11-Sep-2017 00:02:33
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Jean Arnault, told the Security Council that the recent formal transformation of the FARC-EP into a political party marks the “culmination of the ceasefire” in the country. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

11 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“Let me underline what is, politically speaking, the culmination of the ceasefire, cessation of hostilities and weapon laydown process that has unfolded since the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on 24 November of last year, namely the formal transformation, after 53 years of armed conflict, of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army into a political party, whose founding congress took place in Bogota two weeks ago.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“In the past few days, before millions of Colombians assembled in several cities, Pope Francis delivered a strong message in favour of reconciliation, forgiveness and confidence in the future to a society that bears the scars of decades of conflict, and struggles to imagine a Colombia free from ubiquitous, relentless violence. Thankfully, over the past months the peace process between the government and FARC-EP has slowly but steadily tipped the scales in favour of hope.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“As you are aware, last week, on 4 September, the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN according to its Spanish acronym) reached agreement on a temporary ceasefire that would start on 1 October and end on 12 January 2018. The ceasefire should be accompanied by a series of measures aimed at improving the humanitarian situation of communities in the conflict areas. The agreement provides that the UN would assist with the verification of the commitments made.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. Wide shot, Colombian Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia Velez walks up to ta press encounter
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Emma Mejia Velez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations:
“The President, Juan Manuel Santos, has asked the Secretary-General that he goes along with this process, goes along with us through these 102-day ceasefire, bilateral temporary ceasefire, and that request is in his hands at the present moment.”
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Jean Arnault, told the Security Council today (11 Sep) that the recent formal transformation of the FARC-EP into a political party marks the “culmination of the ceasefire” in the country.

Arnault recalled that during his recent visit to Colombia, Pope Francis “delivered a strong message in favour of reconciliation, forgiveness and confidence in the future to a society that bears the scars of decades of conflict, and struggles to imagine a Colombia free from ubiquitous, relentless violence.”

Thankfully, he said “over the past months the peace process between the government and FARC-EP has slowly but steadily tipped the scales in favour of hope.”

He also stressed that the temporary ceasefire agreement reached between the Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) provides that the UN would assist with the verification of commitments made.

He said the ceasefire “should be accompanied by a series of measures aimed at improving the humanitarian situation of communities in the conflict areas.”

Speaking to reporters outside the Council, Colombian Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia Velez said Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, “has asked the Secretary-General that he goes along with this process, goes along with us through these 102-day ceasefire, bilateral temporary ceasefire, and that request is in his hands at the present moment.”

The new United Nations Verification Mission starts its activities in Colombia in two weeks.
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