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The Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC), Carlos Ruiz Massieu told Member States that it is important to carry forward the momentum provided by the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Peace Agreement in order to consolidate peace. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters

20 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“In March, Colombians will cast their votes for a Congress that will for the first time including representatives from the 16 special transitional electoral districts for peace. More than 400 candidates are running to make the voices of regions historically affected by poverty and conflict heard. All of them are recognized as victims of the conflict, half of them are women, and many of them are indigenous and Afro-Colombians. This is a historic opportunity, envisioned in the Agreement, that must be protected in order to widen Colombia’s democracy.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
"I am glad to report that the National Council for Peace, comprised of Government and State institutions, as well as civil society representatives, has recently launched the much-needed policy on reconciliation, coexistence and non-stigmatization provided for in the Agreement. I trust that this policy, which can contribute to non-repetition and the reconstruction of social fabric, will be adopted and implemented swiftly.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“We must remain vigilant and focused on the threats still facing ex-combatants. While I acknowledge a reduction in the number of killings compared to the previous year, every single death is a blow to peace and every effort needs to be taken to protect every one of them. This means enhancing their individual security as well as securing in a broader sense conflict-affected areas where illegal armed actors continue to take advantage of the limited presence of the State in parts of the country.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Luz Marina Giraldo, Former FARC-EP combatant, signatory to the Peace Agreement, and leader in reintegration initiatives:
“I want to make a call to the Colombian government so that it does not forget either that the word ‘family’ repeated 92 times in the agreement means that it is the epicenter not only of society but of all those who have left the weapons behind to firmly believe in democracy. The word ‘security’ mentioned in the agreement not only refers to the means and mechanisms that could dispel the risks we run but also, in accordance with the agreement, ‘security’ must be conceived of as a democratic value and from a point of view of humanism that should inspire State’s actions.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Emilio José Archila, Colombia’s Presidential Advisor for Stabilization and Consolidation:
“Colombia placed a bet on peace. With our accomplishments, we are showing the world that conflict and violence can be solved not only by signing but also with political decisions, strict planning, and focus on results.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC), Carlos Ruiz Massieu told Member States that it is important to carry forward the momentum provided by the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Peace Agreement in order to consolidate peace.

Addressing the Security Council today (20 Jan), Ruiz Massieu emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety of all candidates that are running for Congress in the elections and called on all political actors to conduct their campaigns with respect and engage in initiatives that promote non-violence and non-stigmatization of the electoral process.

He said “in March, Colombians will cast their votes for a Congress that will for the first time including representatives from the 16 special transitional electoral districts for peace. More than 400 candidates are running to make the voices of regions historically affected by poverty and conflict heard. All of them are recognized as victims of the conflict, half of them are women, and many of them are indigenous and Afro-Colombians. This is a historic opportunity, envisioned in the Agreement, that must be protected in order to widen Colombia’s democracy.
The UN Special Representative reported “the National Council for Peace, comprised of Government and State institutions, as well as civil society representatives, has recently launched the much-needed policy on reconciliation, coexistence, and non-stigmatization provided for in the Agreement.”

Ruiz Massieu noted that “we must remain vigilant and focused on the threats still facing ex-combatants. While I acknowledge a reduction in the number of killings compared to the previous year, every single death is a blow to peace and every effort needs to be taken to protect every one of them.” In addition, he called for more support for the surviving families of the hundreds of former combatants that were killed during the long conflict.

Luz Marina Giraldo, Former FARC-EP combatant, signatory to the Peace Agreement, and leader in reintegration initiatives called to the Colombian government not to forget “that the word ‘family’ repeated 92 times in the agreement means that it is the epicenter not only of society but of all those who have left the weapons behind to firmly believe in democracy.” She added, “in accordance with the agreement, ‘security’ must be conceived of as a democratic value and from a point of view of humanism that should inspire State’s actions.”

Emilio José Archila, Colombia’s Presidential Advisor for Stabilization and Consolidation said, “Colombia placed a bet on peace. With our accomplishments, we are showing the world that conflict and violence can be solved not only by signing, but also with political decisions, strict planning and the focus on results.”
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