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This is the balance of the UN Security Council on its visit to Colombia

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This is the balance of the UN Security Council on its visit to Colombia

At the meeting held this Thursday of the United Nations Security Council, the members of this organization presented a summary of their visit to Colombia, according to information known by the newspaper El Tiempo.

During the session, progress in the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement and progress in negotiations with the ELN and the ‘Central General Staff’ were analyzed.

The statement was made by the president of the Security Council and ambassador of Guyana, Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett.

The representatives of the 15 member countries of the Security Council were in Colombia from February 7 to 11, during which they visited different cities such as Bogotá, La Montañita (Caquetá), Buenaventura and Cartagena.

“During their stay in Colombia, Council members held meetings with various national interlocutors and other key actors, including President Gustavo Petro, Vice President Francia Márquez and other representatives of institutions critical to peacebuilding, as well as with members of civil society, women’s and youth organizations and the United Nations country team,” said Rodrigues Birkett, quoted by that media outlet.

The ambassador highlighted the concerns expressed by President Petro during their meeting at the Casa de Nariño.

“The members of the Council were informed about the challenges that persist in the implementation of the Peace Agreement, despite the political commitment and deep will in this regard. The president expressed his concern about the high number of murdered ex-combatants, those who are still imprisoned and the pending Amnesty requests,” said the representative, quoted by El Tiempo.

Rodrigues Birkett also emphasized the urgency of moving forward in the implementation of several aspects of the agreement that are still lagging behind, and about which the communities have raised calls for attention.

“Civil society representatives highlighted the importance of a strong government presence in the territories, the need to accelerate the implementation of the rural and ethnic chapters of the peace agreement, as well as the importance of dialogue with victims and the numerous challenges related with insecurity, drug trafficking and the lack of educational opportunities,” he added.

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After Rodrigues Birkett’s intervention, Barbara Woodward, representative of the United Kingdom, took the floor, highlighting the commitment of the signatories of the agreement in the Territorial Training and Reintegration Space (ETCR) of Aguabonita (Caquetá).

“The signatories urged the Government to accelerate the implementation of the agreement, including the appointment of a high-level entity to coordinate implementation efforts,” Woodward added.

Finally, Pascale Baeriswyl, representative of Switzerland, referred to the Government’s ongoing negotiations with the ELN and the ‘Central General Staff’ (Emc).

“With regard to the ongoing peace talks, in which my country participates as a facilitator, I would like to highlight that dialogue is essential to achieving peace and that we have seen progress in the functioning of ceasefires,” Baeriswyl said.

“We therefore encourage the Council to expand the mandate of the Verification Mission to monitor and verify the recent renewed ceasefire between the Government and the Emc,” he concluded. With Infobae

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