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The head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, said, “we are now in the fifth year of the implementation of the Agreement. It is crucial that the parties remain committed to building on the achievements they have made and to resolving the outstanding challenges." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“We are now in the fifth year of the implementation of the Agreement. It is crucial that the parties remain committed to building on the achievements they have made and to resolving the outstanding challenges, and with the support of all Colombian society to continue to make headway and finding solutions to the structural problems particularly in the light of the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Protecting life is the overarching goal of all peace process. In the case of Colombia, the importance of rolling out effective measures to achieve this became even more clear given the violence faced by communities, social leaders and former members of the FARC-EP. Since the report of the Secretary-General, we have seen violence against social leaders and communities in regions such as the Department of Cauca, where yesterday the indigenous Governor Sandra Liliana Peña was assassinated, and we have also seen former combatants assassinated which brings the total to 266 since the Agreement was signed.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“The agreement stipulate that lasting and stable peace requires the effective reintegration of the former members of the FARC-EP into the country’s economic, political and social life. The progress that has been made by the parties in this domain has been significant, in this period, the progress made in the Government’s purchase of land for the former TATR or Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration has been encouraging including two additional ones since report was published, thanks to the Government’s commitments and thanks to the work with former combatants, seven of the former 24 ADRs now have land allocated to them.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Claudia Blum de Barberi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“When we look at the compliance with the Agreement, the report cannot just refer to what the Government has done as one of the signaturers, we must also consider the FARC dissidents as a breach of the Agreement, before a guerrilla and now has become a political party. The enemy of the Agreement and peace in Colombia are those criminals including the dissidents in the 80 per cent of the killing of former combatants are perpetrated by dissidents and drug traffickers.”
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The head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, said, “we are now in the fifth year of the implementation of the Agreement. It is crucial that the parties remain committed to building on the achievements they have made and to resolving the outstanding challenges."

Speaking to Security Council today (21 Apr) via a video link, Massieu stated, “protecting life is the overarching goal of all peace process. In the case of Colombia, the importance of rolling out effective measures to achieve this became even more clear given the violence faced by communities, social leaders and former members of the FARC-EP. “

He continued, “since the report of the Secretary-General, we have seen violence against social leaders and communities in regions such as the Department of Cauca, where yesterday the indigenous Governor Sandra Liliana Peña was assassinated, and we have also seen former combatants assassinated which brings the total to 266 since the Agreement was signed.”

The head of the Mission also stated, “the agreement stipulate that lasting and stable peace requires the effective reintegration of the former members of the FARC-EP into the country’s economic, political and social life.”

Massieu added, “the progress that has been made by the parties in this domain has been significant, in this period, the progress made in the Government’s purchase of land for the former TATR or Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration has been encouraging including two additional ones since report was published, thanks to the Government’s commitments and thanks to the work with former combatants, seven of the former 24 ADRs now have land allocated to them.”

Claudia Blum de Barberi, Colombia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs also addressed the Council.

She said, “when we look at the compliance with the Agreement, the report cannot just refer to what the Government has done as one of the signaturers.”

The Foreign Minster continued, “we must also consider the FARC dissidents as a breach of the Agreement, before a guerrilla and now has become a political party,” adding that “the enemy of the Agreement and peace in Colombia are those criminals including the dissidents in the 80 per cent of the killing of former combatants are perpetrated by dissidents and drug traffickers.”
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