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In a statement read by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres regretted the Government of Guatemala’s announcement that it will expel eleven investigators and lawyers of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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21 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General regrets the Government of Guatemala’s announcement that it will expel eleven investigators and lawyers of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Their work is integral to the fulfilment of the mandate of the commission to combat impunity and to the commission’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala. The Secretariat had hoped that the requested visas of the commission staffers would be issued promptly. The Secretary-General values the dialogue of the Government since his last meeting with President Morales and invited the Government to continue engaging in an open dialogue with the Secretariat to address the situation as well as concerns related to the commission.”
5. Wide shot, press room

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In a statement read by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres regretted the Government of Guatemala’s announcement that it will expel eleven investigators and lawyers of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (21 Dec), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the investigators and lawyers’ work was “integral to the fulfilment of the mandate of the commission to combat impunity and to the commission’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala.”

Dujarric noted that the UN had hoped that the requested visas of the commission staffers would be issued promptly. He added that Secretary-General Guterres “values the dialogue of the Government since his last meeting with President Morales and invited the Government to continue engaging in an open dialogue with the Secretariat to address the situation as well as concerns related to the commission.”

The UN established the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) in response to a request for assistance from the Government of Guatemala. Acting as an independent international body, CICIG’s aim is to investigate illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations in Guatemala – criminal groups believed to have infiltrated state institutions, fostering impunity and undermining democratic gains in Guatemala since the end of the country's armed conflict in the 1990s.
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