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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, told the Security Council that “peace will not be fully achieved if the brave voices of social leaders continue to be silenced through violence and if former combatants who laid down their weapons and are committed to their reintegration continue to be killed.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

13 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Colombia’s Foreign Minister Claudia Blum de Barberi,
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Peace will not be fully achieved if the brave voices of social leaders continue to be silenced through violence and if former combatants who laid down their weapons and are committed to their reintegration continue to be killed.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“These past two weeks, communities in Bojayá, a municipality historically affected by the conflict, denounced that the illegal armed group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia had occupied territories and confined several communities, while other communities in the area remain affected by the activities of the National Liberation Army (ELN).”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Just this past Saturday, in Southern Tolima, one of the regions where the conflict began a half century ago, former combatants, the Armed Forces and members of the community started building a bridge together in the benefit of surrounding communities. I cannot think of a more encouraging example to begin the new year than the image of former adversaries working with a local community to build a bridge together.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Claudia Blum de Barberi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“I would like to reiterate to you today that peacebuilding with legality in Colombia, will not stop. This process is irreversible but requires commitment and support from all of you and the international community as special witnesses of the achievements and advancements that are being attained.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. Wide shot, Blum de Barberi walks up to podium
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Claudia Blum de Barberi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“Just as Colombia has made commitments, FARC has made commitments as well. So, as far as their declaration of resources, there is slight delay. And you all know that with those resources, reparations will be paid to victims. So, we have emphasized that just as we are evaluated and the actions and advancements of the government are verified, there were also negotiations and commitments made by FARC to comply with the commitments they made during the accords.”
14. Pan right, Blum de Barberi walks away

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (13 Jan) told the Security Council that “peace will not be fully achieved if the brave voices of social leaders continue to be silenced through violence and if former combatants who laid down their weapons and are committed to their reintegration continue to be killed.”

Ruiz Massieu reported the killing of artist and social leader Lucy Villarreal in Nariño department on 23 December, and the killings of former FARC-EP combatant Benjamin Banguera Rosales in Cauca department on 1st January.

He said, “these past two weeks, communities in Bojayá, a municipality historically affected by the conflict, denounced that the illegal armed group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia had occupied territories and confined several communities, while other communities in the area remain affected by the activities of the National Liberation Army (ELN).”

On a positive note, Ruiz Massieu reported that “just this past Saturday, in Southern Tolima, one of the regions where the conflict began a half century ago, former combatants, the Armed Forces and members of the community started building a bridge together in the benefit of surrounding communities.”

He said, “I cannot think of a more encouraging example to begin the new year than the image of former adversaries working with a local community to build a bridge together.”

He also welcomed the adoption of the reintegration roadmap, which establishes the framework for the long-term reintegration process and encouraged both parties to deepen their dialogue regarding any differences on the implementation of the Final Agreement.

Colombia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Claudia Blum de Barberi, told the Council that “peacebuilding with legality in Colombia, will not stop.”

Blum de Barberi said, “this process is irreversible but requires commitment and support from all of you and the international community as special witnesses of the achievements and advancements that are being attained.”

Outside the Council, she told reporters that “just as Colombia has made commitments, FARC has made commitments as well” and pointed out that “there is slight delay” in the FARC’s declaration of resources meant for victims’ reparations.

She said, “just as we are evaluated and the actions and advancements of the government are verified, there were also negotiations and commitments made by FARC to comply with the commitments they made during the accords.”

In November 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the signing of an historic UN-backed peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP rebels, ending an armed conflict that had been ongoing since 1964.
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