OBSTACLES TO IMPLEMENT PEACE PROCESS IN COLOMBIA PERSIST - UN
Last Updated: 2018-10-11
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (NNN-Prensa Latina) -- The head of the UN mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, reported about obstacles to implement the peace agreement in that country, where the reintegration to society of former guerrillas has become a very complex task.

The French diplomat noted that there's been progress in the political participation of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) and currently eight of the 10 representatives coming from the guerrilla movement have already won seats in the Congress.

But security problems persist, especially for former fighters who are not in reintegrated protected areas and it is necessary to improve the preparation of the team in charge of protecting them, he pointed out.

Former FARC-EP guerrillas have been assassinated outside the security areas: 74 to date, he pointed out and demanded concrete actions in that sense.

In addition, murders against social leaders and activists continue, he stressed.

Arnault added there is a legal uncertainty regarding former guerrillas of the FARC-EP, which complicates the reintegration process and the efforts of justice, reparation and non-repetition.

The Government's budget proposal for 2019 includes public spending for reintegration and we hope that the Colombian Congress will support this proposal, indicated the head of the UN mission in that country and also stressed the importance of having the support of the international community.

After the signing of the Peace Agreement in Colombia in November 2016, after some four years of talks in the Cuban capital, the UN Security Council approved a mission to verify the ceasefire and weapons withdrawal in the South American nation.

On Sept 13, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia until Sept 25, 2019. -- NNN-PRENSA LATINA