Secretary-General’s Special Representative Warns against Reopening Colombia’s Final Peace Agreement in Climate of Uncertainty

4/16/2019

The greatest risk in a climate of uncertainty would be to reopen the final peace agreement that ended five decades of conflict between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, warned while briefing the Security Council.

Mr Massieu highlighted growing divisions and polarization related to a draft statutory law for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace after President Iván Duque Márquez objected to six of its articles. “The statutory law is the last missing element of the legal framework for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and a necessary one to ensure that this institution can operate with the necessary independence and autonomy,” he said, as he presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on the United Nations Verification Mission.

Rosa Emilia Salamanca, Executive Director of the Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica, told Council members that the present is a time of both hope and difficulty in implementing the peace agreement. Of key importance are reintegrating former combatants into communities, ensuring that the justice system delivers, and implementing a comprehensive mechanism to protect the human rights of all. It is also vital to invest in women, and to integrate a gender perspective into the peace process, she said.

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