"The Security Council comes to express its full support for the peace process in Colombia," Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Head of the UN Verification Mission.
Bogotá, 11 July 2019. This Thursday, the United Nations Security Council arrives in Colombia to assess developments in the peace process and to reiterate support for its implementation.
"All members of the Council are fully committed to and supportive of the peace process in Colombia," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu. "They come to reiterate that support, to evaluate first-hand the evolution and implementation of the Peace Agreement, and also to evaluate our work," noted Ruiz Massieu.
The Security Council delegation will arrive in the country on Thursday 11 July and on Friday 12 July, will have meetings with President Iván Duque, members of Congress, civil society representatives, the FARC political party, and the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition, among others. On Saturday 13 July, they will visit one of the Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration (TATRs) to meet with former combatants and leaders of the neighboring communities to discuss on the ground the challenges and progress of the implementation of the peace process.
On 13 September 2018, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2435, extending the mandate granted in 2017 to the UN Verification Mission in Colombia to verify the following sections of the Peace Agreement: 3.2 on reintegration of FARC-EP members into civilian life – in economic, social and political matters; and 3.4 on security guarantees for former combatants and communities affected by the conflict.
The Security Council is composed of the five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, and 10 non-permanent members, currently Germany, Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Dominican Republic, and South Africa. During July, Peru holds the rotating monthly presidency of the Council, and Peru is co-leading the visit to Colombia along with the United Kingdom.