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Addressing the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Jean Arnault said, “throughout the implementation phase of the Peace Agreement, circumstances have occasionally tested the commitment of the two parties to stay the course. They have stayed the course.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“Throughout the implementation phase of the Peace Agreement, circumstances have occasionally tested the commitment of the two parties to stay the course. They have stayed the course.”
4. Med shot, delegate
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“On 11 March, millions of Colombians turned out to vote for congressional elections that were a clear step forward in the country´s transition from conflict to peace. The elections were also a milestone in the transition of FARC from weapons to politics. The presidential election is now five weeks away, and against a background of political polarization, the campaign so far has confirmed the trend towards a reduction of electoral violence.”
6. Med shot, Colombian Vice-President Oscar Naranjo
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“The arrest of one of the leaders of the FARC on drug trafficking charges reverberated in a country that remains divided around the peace process. From the FARC leadership, and particularly from the party´s president Timoleon Jimenez, calls for calm and statements of resolve to continue to pursue the path of the Peace Agreement have been very important in addressing misgivings and mistrust among former combatants in the reintegration areas. In addition, the Government has stated its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Peace Agreement, particularly with regard to reintegration.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Colombia:
“We also agree wholeheartedly with the need for a sustained drive to put the reintegration of former combatants on a more solid basis before the end of the Government´s mandate. Weaknesses in this effort can only increase the risk of the drift of some ex-combatants to criminal groups such as those responsible for the tragic killings and kidnappings of Ecuadorian nationals operating in the border area with Ecuador.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Oscar Naranjo, Vice-President, Colombia:
“We have a critical mass in a truly transformative process. And we are moving forward. Fundamentally, so that as we face an electoral campaign, regardless of who takes over the government through a democratic transition, that they will find a solid, clear, roadmap that guarantees that peace is irreversible in Colombia, and that the peace dividends reach the whole region.”
12. Zoom out, end of session
13. Wide shot, Naranjo walks up to podium
14. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Oscar Naranjo, Vice-President, Colombia:
“The government will not allow that a drug trafficking organization, a criminal organization, claim the name of an old guerrilla movement, the PPL for itself. That is a lie. We will not allow pseudo-political names to mask drug trafficking activities and therefore we do not recognize the Popular Liberation Army moniker for an organization that is well known in the criminal world as Los Pelusos and is known as a large-scale drug trafficking organization.”
15. Various shots, Naranjo meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres
STORYLINE
Addressing the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Jean Arnault, today (19 Apr) said, “throughout the implementation phase of the Peace Agreement, circumstances have occasionally tested the commitment of the two parties to stay the course. They have stayed the course.”

Arnault told the Council that on 11 March, “millions of Colombians turned out to vote for congressional elections that were a clear step forward in the country´s transition from conflict to peace,” adding that the elections were also “a milestone” in the transition of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) “from weapons to politics.”

The Special Representative said the recent arrest of Jesus Santrich, who was due to take one of the 10 congressional seats the FARC are guaranteed by the peace deal, on drug trafficking charges “reverberated in a country that remains divided around the peace process.”

He welcomed the “calls for calm and statements of resolve to continue to pursue the path of the Peace Agreement” from the FARC leadership, including the party´s president Timoleon Jimenez.

In addition, he said “the Government has stated its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Peace Agreement, particularly with regard to reintegration.”

Arnault said “we also agree wholeheartedly with the need for a sustained drive to put the reintegration of former combatants on a more solid basis before the end of the Government´s mandate.”

He noted that “weaknesses in this effort can only increase the risk of the drift of some ex-combatants to criminal groups such as those responsible for the tragic killings and kidnappings of Ecuadorian nationals operating in the border area with Ecuador.”

In his address to the Council, the Vice-President of Colombia, Oscar Naranjo, said “we have a critical mass in a truly transformative process. And we are moving forward.”

Naranjo said, “regardless of who takes over the government through a democratic transition, that they will find a solid, clear, roadmap that guarantees that peace is irreversible in Colombia, and that the peace dividends reach the whole region.”

Speaking to journalists outside the Council, the Vice-President said “the government will not allow that a drug trafficking organization, a criminal organization, claim the name of an old guerrilla movement, the PPL for itself. That is a lie. We will not allow pseudo-political names to mask drug trafficking activities and therefore we do not recognize the Popular Liberation Army moniker for an organization that is well known in the criminal world as Los Pelusos and is known as a large-scale drug trafficking organization.”

After the meeting, Naranjo met with Secretary-General António Guterres.
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