Duque asks the UN to extend its peace verification mission in Colombia

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Bogotá, Jan 16 (EFE) .- Colombian President Iván Duque asked this Saturday the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, to extend the mission in charge of verifying peace in the country so that it can monitor the application of sanctions by transitional justice.

“We ask the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization to extend the mandate of the Verification Mission that he has in Colombia, so that a detailed follow-up is carried out and the application of sanctions by the transitional justice is verified and that the effective compliance with them, “said the president.

Duque assured that the request he addressed to Guterres, and which he hopes will also be known by the organization’s Security Council, “is aimed at fulfilling the principles of truth, justice and reparation and non-repetition,” and he considered that this is a step that the country wants to take “to guarantee effectiveness in sanctions.”

Last September, the UN Security Council agreed to extend for another year and without changes the mission of the organization in charge of verifying compliance with the parts of the peace agreements signed in 2016 between the Colombian State and the FARC.

Until now, the highest decision-making body of the United Nations has always shown a broad consensus on everything related to the Colombian peace process and supports the work of the mission launched in 2017.

Its task is to verify compliance with part of the peace agreements between the Government and the FARC, especially the reintegration of former combatants, a task with which the UN continues the effort it had previously made to supervise the process of ceasefire and abandonment of arms to which the guerrillas committed.

The Comprehensive Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition System (SIVJRNR), created at the request of the peace agreement, includes the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition; the Search Unit for Persons deemed Missing and the Special Justice for Peace.

In recent months, the Security Council has repeatedly expressed its concern about the situation in some areas of Colombia, especially the repeated killings of community leaders and former guerrilla fighters.

(c) EFE Agency

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