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12-Apr-2019 00:02:47
The Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, told the Security Council that ‘the killings of community leaders, human rights defenders and former FARC-EP combatants continue and remain a grave concern.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

12 APRIL 2019, 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:
“The killings of community leaders, human rights defenders and former FARC-EP combatants continue and remain a grave concern. The deployment of Colombian military and police near the Territorial Areas is critical, but violent competition among illegal armed groups for territorial control in areas outside of these security perimeters continues to threaten the security of former combatants and communities, as well as to undercut the overall peace implementation efforts.”
4. Med shot, Colombia’s Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Nearly two years after they laid down their arms, a critical challenge is to maintain their optimism in the face of the continued uncertainties about their future. In this respect, I encourage respectfully the Government to accelerate the approval of more projects and the prompt disbursement of funds, as well as the implementation of a gender sensitive approach and timely decisions on access to land.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia:
“Recent weeks have been dominated by divisive debates regarding transitional justice, a contentious issue in most peace processes. Last month. President Duque objected to six articles of the draft Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. Following a vote against these objections in the Chamber of Representatives earlier this week, consideration of the objections is pending in the Senate. We continue to stress the Secretary-General’s call for prompt action by all concerned to ensure that a Statutory Law consistent with the Peace Agreement is put in place as soon as possible.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“On March 11th, President Duque decided to object to 6 of the 159 articles that are part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace Statute bill. He did so in order to equip that jurisdiction with the clearest and most coherent legal framework possible, so as to respond to the aspirations of all Colombians to a peace with legality and without impunity, which would best serve the rights of victims, as well as honor Colombia's obligations under International Law.”
10. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (12 Apr) told the Security Council that ‘the killings of community leaders, human rights defenders and former FARC-EP combatants continue and remain a grave concern.”

Presenting the Secretary-General’s report on the work of the Mission, Ruiz Massieu said “the deployment of Colombian military and police near the Territorial Areas is critical, but violent competition among illegal armed groups for territorial control in areas outside of these security perimeters continues to threaten the security of former combatants and communities, as well as to undercut the overall peace implementation efforts.”

On the reintegration of former combatants, the Mexican diplomat said, “nearly two years after they laid down their arms, a critical challenge is to maintain their optimism in the face of the continued uncertainties about their future.”

He encouraged the Colombian Government “to accelerate the approval of more projects and the prompt disbursement of funds, as well as the implementation of a gender sensitive approach and timely decisions on access to land.”

Recent weeks, he said “have been dominated by divisive debates regarding transitional justice, a contentious issue in most peace processes.”

Ruiz Massieu noted that last month, President Iván Duque “objected to six articles of the draft Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace,” an issue that is now pending in the Senate.

He stressed the Secretary-General the need for “prompt action by all concerned to ensure that a Statutory Law consistent with the Peace Agreement is put in place as soon as possible.”

In his address to the Council, Colombia’s Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said the elimination to these articles was necessary “in order to equip that jurisdiction with the clearest and most coherent legal framework possible, so as to respond to the aspirations of all Colombians to a peace with legality and without impunity, which would best serve the rights of victims, as well as honor Colombia's obligations under International Law.”
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