UN Verification Mission In Colombia condemns assassination of former Farc combatant in Reintegration Area
Bogotá, 25 October 2019. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia condemns the murder of Alexander Parra Uribe, known as Rodolfo Fierro, in the former Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration (TATR) in Mesetas, Meta, and expresses its condolences to his family and community members.
The UN Verification Mission voices its profound rejection for this incident and for the increasing number of murders of former FARC combatants in the reintegration process; reaching 158 since the signature of the Peace Agreement.
Alexander Parra Uribe was a former commander, FARC delegate to the Departmental Council for Reintegration in Meta and coordinator of the international cooperation supported “Ambientes para la Paz” tourism project, which he presented to the UN Secretary-General during his January 2018 visit. Parra Uribe was recognized for his commitment to the peace process and his active role in promoting reintegration. His partner, who was present during the events, is a FARC party candidate for the municipal council of Mesetas.
The assassination of Alexander Parra Uribe is the first case that has taken place in a former TATR, protected by the public force, where former combatants are advancing their reintegration process into civilian life.
The Mission acknowledges the rapid response of the national institutions and urges them to spare no effort in implementing security guarantees, by consolidating protection measures for the former FARC combatants, preventive deployment in the areas where reintegration takes place, and a prompt investigation and prosecution of those responsible.