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Guterres calls for the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia

Guterres calls for the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press upon his arrival in Colombia. Photo: Agence France-Presse.

On Tuesday in Colombia, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, stressed that the implementation of the Territorial Peace Agreement is critical because of its message to change the root causes of the conflict.

Guterres, who is on a visit to this nation in the context of the commemoration of the peace agreement, toured the former regional space for the training and reintegration of Llano Grande in the municipality of Depapa, Antioquia Province.

He visited the place with the Head of State, Ivan Duque, and also met the President of the Commons, Rodrigo Londono, and the representative before the National Council for the Reintegration of this political force, Reverend Albe.

Guterres said I am very satisfied to be in Lano Grande and see for myself the achievements of peace.

He expressed his satisfaction when he noted the impact of the measures to implement the historic agreement signed in 2016 by the FARC-EP and the government of Juan Manuel Santos on behalf of the state.

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

Likewise, celebrate the persistence and commitment of ex-combatants in that region who have historically been affected by armed conflict, as well as in other places that are still betting day in and day out to build Colombia for peace.

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

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

I welcome the government’s handover of the land and am confident that it will extend to all areas of reunification. He stressed that the land is vital to achieving a sustainable operation and providing peace of mind to those involved.

During her first visit after the Covid-19 pandemic, she stressed that access to land and rural development are among the priorities of the peace agreement and even for women.

In this space, he assessed and balanced the progress and challenges of reintegration, validating the UN support for the peace process in Colombia.

(with information from PL)