Colombia will ask to expand the implementation of the peace agreement

Colombia will ask to expand the implementation of the peace agreement
Colombia will ask to expand the implementation of the peace agreement

Bogota (EFE).- The Colombian government will ask the UN Security Council to consider the possibility of extending the implementation of the peace agreement signed in 2016 with the former FARC guerrilla group beyond the 15 years agreed upon when it was signed, Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo said on Tuesday.

“We are proposing an adjustment to the implementation framework plan that was designed to be implemented in 15 years, and with the delays, we must seriously consider the possibility of extending the implementation period of that framework plan,” Murillo said about the proposal that President Gustavo Petro will present to the Security Council on Thursday.

For the time being, the possibility of extending the 15-year implementation period that was signed will be considered and work is being done in tables to work on “extraordinary and emergency measures” that will allow the implementation to be expedited because, as Murillo pointed out in a press conference: “It is very clear that we will not be able to comply with the agreement in the 15 years that were set out in the implementation framework plan and it will probably require an extension.”

Peace remains elusive in Colombia

This extension “has been said to be (…) from five to eight years,” although it is currently under discussion.

“Although much progress has been made in the implementation of the peace agreement, it is extremely important to remove the structural obstacles that exist to the timely and complete implementation of the agreement,” said the foreign minister, who stressed that the current government is the one that has implemented the most.

Colombian Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo speaks during the presentation of the UN Verification Mission report, this Tuesday, in Bogotá (Colombia). EFE/ Colombian Foreign Ministry

These obstacles are “institutional” but there are also “budgetary” obstacles for peace in Colombia and others “that have to do with the legal and juridical aspects that have really prevented the accelerated progress of the implementation of the agreement,” Murillo pointed out.

The government therefore wants to propose “a shock plan for the next two years” that will require “extraordinary measures, some of them emergency measures, to be able to fine-tune the implementation” and thus “overcome the structural barriers to the full implementation of the agreement”.

The agenda in New York

The Colombian president will travel to New York on Thursday for the quarterly session of the Security Council, where the status of implementation of the peace agreement will be discussed and where the UN verification mission will present its report for this quarter.

Colombian Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo speaks during the presentation of the UN Verification Mission report, this Tuesday, in Bogotá (Colombia). EFE/ Colombian Foreign Ministry

“Petro will be very clear that he remains firmly committed to the implementation of the agreement, but obviously connected to the policy of total peace and in that sense he will request that the unanimous support and accompaniment of the international community continue through the United Nations Security Council, but also support for the new measures and guarantees that will obviously be proposed to accelerate implementation,” Murillo anticipated.

In New York, the president will also participate in the inauguration of a monument at the UN headquarters made from the melted down weapons left by the FARC and will also meet with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to discuss Colombia and other countries such as the situation in Gaza or the war in Ukraine.

 
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