COLOMBIA / SECURITY COUNCIL VISIT

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A delegation of the UN Security Council met today (12 Jul) with Colombian President Iván Duque and reiterated the Council’s commitment to continue supporting the implementation of the peace agreement in in the country. UN VERIFICATION MISSION IN COLOMBIA / UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 JULY 2019, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

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12 JULY 2019, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

1. Pan left, Members of the Security Council being greeted by Colombian President
2. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Iván Duque, President, Colombia:
“With all this, and with the desire to continue advancing in the policy of peace with legality, where we reiterate the generosity and openness of the Colombian State to help the people who have genuinely left the violence to join in the legality, but also the desire to be drastic and effective with those who want to return to criminality; we do not want recidivism in our country and we ratify our principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.”
3. Med shot, Members of the Security Council being greeted by Colombian President
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations:
“It has been an opportunity to receive Colombia's commitment to this process and to reaffirm the unity that exists in the Security Council to the peace process in Colombia, which continues to be not only an example for Latin America but for the entire international community. In this regard, we have reiterated to the President our commitment to continue supporting in the future the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia.”
5. Med shot, Members of the Security Council being greeted by Colombian President
6. Pan right, Members of the Security Council standing for family photo with Colombian President

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A delegation of the UN Security Council met today (12 Jul) with Colombian President Iván Duque and reiterated the Council’s commitment to continue supporting the implementation of the peace agreement in in the country.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Colombian President Iván Duque said he was able to discuss the country’s progress on political reintegration and development plan, as well as chellnges, including the alarming number of murders of social leaders. Duque said the country had taken a giant step forward since the new Government took office 11 months ago.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Iván Duque, President, Colombia:
“With all this, and with the desire to continue advancing in the policy of peace with legality, where we reiterate the generosity and openness of the Colombian State to help the people who have genuinely left the violence to join in the legality, but also the desire to be drastic and effective with those who want to return to criminality; we do not want recidivism in our country and we ratify our principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.”

Peruvian ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, whose country currently presides over the Security Council, described the meeting as very productive in which the Council was imformed of the progress made on the Peace Agreement. He said he also received directly from the President a request for an extension of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia mandate.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations:
“It has been an opportunity to receive Colombia's commitment to this process and to reaffirm the unity that exists in the Security Council to the peace process in Colombia, which continues to be not only an example for Latin America but for the entire international community. In this regard, we have reiterated to the President our commitment to continue supporting in the future the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia.”

The delegation arrived to the country on Thursday and met today with members of Congress, civil society representatives, the FARC political party, and the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition, among others. On Saturday, they will visit one of the Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration (TATRs) to meet with former combatants and leaders of the neighboring communities to discuss on the ground the challenges and progress of the implementation of the peace process.
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