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Colombian Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez De Rincón said it was “important to have clarity about what happened” in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and “why there are some former members of the Colombian Armed Forces” involved in the operation. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

13 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Carlos Ruiz Massieu
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Almost five years after the signing of the Peace Agreement, the peace process in Colombia is entering a crucial stage. It's becoming more and more evident that the commitment and work of all the actors involved in this complex and noble work have been worthwhile, despite the many and persistent challenges.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia:
“It will take time to dismantle the rhetoric, it will take time to dismantle the structures and the identities inherited from the conflict, and thus to contribute to the Colombian people and especially so that those who experienced first-hand the worst of the war can definitively close the chapter of the conflict and continue on their way towards reconciliation.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia:
“We continue to reject violence from any quarter and urge peaceful dialogue. As I have stated previously, Colombian society and institutions should view the implementation of the Final Agreement as an opportunity to help address many of the longstanding issues facing the country. Given the urgency to resolve these and other pending challenges, bold steps are needed to accelerate implementation in the coming months.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marta Lucía Ramírez De Rincón, Vice president and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“Of course, during these protests there have been deaths. Deaths that pain us, doesn’t matter the number, there should not have been any deaths during the protests. But these deaths happened because in a context of valid, legitimate protests, that our government supports and protects, unfortunately there were minorities that infiltrated those protests, causing vandalism, destruction, and carrying guns during the protests, killing many of the citizens who were present.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. Wide shot, Marta Lucía Ramírez De Rincón walks up to the stakeout podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Lucía Ramírez De Rincón, Vice president and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“For us it’s so important to have clarity about what happened. Why there are some former members of the Colombian Armed Forces. And of course, we are all helping all these international, INTERPOL, the police, international police, in order to have all the information, the track records about the time when they leave Colombia, all the information about their communications. Everything, in order to clarify this horrible crime.”
14. Wide shot, Ramírez De Rincón at the stakeout podium

STORYLINE:

Colombian Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez De Rincón today (13 Jul) said it was “important to have clarity about what happened” in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and “why there are some former members of the Colombian Armed Forces” involved in the operation.

Briefing the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s latest 90-day, the Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu said, “almost five years after the signing of the Peace Agreement, the peace process in Colombia is entering a crucial stage” and added that “it's becoming more and more evident that the commitment and work of all the actors involved in this complex and noble work have been worthwhile, despite the many and persistent challenges.”

Ruiz Massieu said, “it will take time to dismantle the rhetoric, it will take time to dismantle the structures and the identities inherited from the conflict, and thus to contribute to the Colombian people and especially so that those who experienced first-hand the worst of the war can definitively close the chapter of the conflict and continue on their way towards reconciliation.”

Speaking about the recent violence following protests in Bogota and other Colombian cities, he said “we continue to reject violence from any quarter and urge peaceful dialogue. As I have stated previously, Colombian society and institutions should view the implementation of the Final Agreement as an opportunity to help address many of the longstanding issues facing the country. Given the urgency to resolve these and other pending challenges, bold steps are needed to accelerate implementation in the coming months.”

During her briefing, Ramírez De Rincón said, “of course, during these protests there have been deaths. Deaths that pain us, doesn’t matter the number, there should not have been any deaths during the protests. But these deaths happened because in a context of valid, legitimate protests, that our government supports and protects, unfortunately there were minorities that infiltrated those protests, causing vandalism, destruction, and carrying guns during the protests, killing many of the citizens who were present.”

Responding to a reporter’s question outside the Council about the Moïse assassination, the Colombian diplomat said, “for us it’s so important to have clarity about what happened. Why there are some former members of the Colombian Armed Forces. And of course, we are all helping all these international, INTERPOL, the police, international police, in order to have all the information, the track records about the time when they leave Colombia, all the information about their communications. Everything, in order to clarify this horrible crime.”
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