Guterres asks to implement the Peace Agreement in Colombia

The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, speaking with the press upon his arrival in Colombia. Photo: AFP.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, assured this Tuesday in Colombia that the implementation of the Peace Agreement in the territories is crucial due to its vocation to transform the root causes of the conflict.

Guterres, who is making a visit to this nation in the context of the commemoration of the Peace Agreement, toured the former territorial space for training and reincorporation of Llano Grande in the municipality of Dabeiba, department of Antioquia.

He visited the place together with the head of State Iván Duque and also met with the president of the Comunes party, Rodrigo Londoño, and the representative before the National Council for reincorporation by that political force, Pastor Alape.

I am very satisfied to be in Llano Grande and see first-hand the achievements of peace, said Guterres.

He expressed his satisfaction when noting the impact of the measures to implement the historic pact signed in 2016 by the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the government of Juan Manuel Santos on behalf of the State.

“I appreciate the opportunity to listen to members of the communities, indigenous authorities, and government who know better than anyone that peace does not come from one day to the next, it is difficult to build, care for and sustain it,” said Guterres.

Likewise, he celebrated the tenacity and commitment of the ex-combatants of that region historically impacted by the armed conflict, as well as of other places that continue to bet day by day, to build a Colombia of Peace.

He congratulated the people of this area for the productive projects that, with the support of the government and the international community, are progressing despite the difficulties.

I acknowledge their enthusiasm and dedication, said the UN Secretary General, urging redoubled efforts to ensure the sustainability of projects with technical and financial support, land and housing.

“I welcome the delivery of land by the government and I trust that it will be extended to all areas of reincorporation. The land is vital to achieve a sustainable process and gives peace of mind to the reintegrated, “he stressed.

She emphasized during her first visit after the Covid-19 pandemic, that access to land and rural development are among the priorities of the Peace Agreement and even for women.

In this space, he made an evaluation and a balance of the progress and challenges of reincorporation, where the support of the United Nations for the peace process in Colombia is ratified.

(With information from PL)

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