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Briefing the Security Council for the first time, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu said that last week’s car bombing on a police academy is a reminder of “the urgency of ending violence and persevering in efforts to ensure a more peaceful future for all Colombians.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“The tragic events of late last week in Bogota remind us once again of the urgency of ending violence and persevering in efforts to ensure a more peaceful future for all Colombians.
5. Med shot, Colombia’s Foreign Minister
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“In the swift rejection of the attack from across the political spectrum in Colombia, and in the marches held around the country this past Sunday, Colombians demonstrated their ever-broader consensus around the rejection of violence that has been highlighted in the reports of the Secretary-General as one of the fruits of peace.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“The security of communities, leaders and FARC members are ultimately tied to the ability of the State to establish an integrated security and civilian presence in conflict-affected areas. The Government’s Peace with Legality plan provides a roadmap for achieving this important objective. It builds on the 16 Development Plans with a Territorial Focus agreed under the Peace Agreement and links them more clearly to assistance to nearly 100,000 families under the voluntary crop substitution programme and to the reintegration of former FARC-EP members.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“We agree with the Secretary-General that the main challenge today is to achieve the effective implementation of plans and programmes designed to provide the most vulnerable communities, victims and ex-combatants, with more security, greater access to goods and public services, and viable alternatives to criminal economies.”
11. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council for the first time, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (23 Jan 19) said that last week’s car bombing on a police academy is a reminder of “the urgency of ending violence and persevering in efforts to ensure a more peaceful future for all Colombians.”

Ruiz Massieu told the Council that “in the swift rejection of the attack from across the political spectrum in Colombia, and in the marches held around the country this past Sunday, Colombians demonstrated their ever-broader consensus around the rejection of violence that has been highlighted in the reports of the Secretary-General as one of the fruits of peace.”


Massieu said that in his discussions with government officials, FARC leaders, and civil society, he has seen a strong commitment to the peace process, and a desire of former combatants to work and find their place in society.

The challenge however is to accelerate reintegration efforts and to define the status of the 24 Territorial Areas, where thousands of former FARC-EP members live.

Ruiz Massieu said, “the security of communities, leaders and FARC members are ultimately tied to the ability of the State to establish an integrated security and civilian presence in conflict-affected areas.”

The Government’s Peace with Legality plan, he said, “provides a roadmap for achieving this important objective” as it builds on “the 16 Development Plans with a Territorial Focus agreed under the Peace Agreement and links them more clearly to assistance to nearly 100,000 families under the voluntary crop substitution programme and to the reintegration of former FARC-EP members.”

Massieu also warned of the recent wave of killings of social leaders and said he has called on the Government to ensure it has a broad presence to prevent more of these incidents from happening.

In his address to the Council, Colombia’s Foreign Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, expressed agreement with Secretary-General António Guterres in that “the main challenge today is to achieve the effective implementation of plans and programmes designed to provide the most vulnerable communities, victims and ex-combatants, with more security, greater access to goods and public services, and viable alternatives to criminal economies.”

The report of the Secretary-General on Colombia underlines that economic reintegration is clearly lagging behind and that limited access to economic opportunities for former combatants continues to hamper the reintegration process.
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