Delivered By: Mrs. Ameirah AlHefeiti, Deputy Permanent Representative
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At the outset, I thank Mr. Massieu for his valuable briefing and his Mission’s support towards peace in Colombia. I welcome the participation of Her Excellency Ms. Francia Márquez Mina, Vice-President of Colombia, and join others in condemning the recent attempts to endanger her life. We also appreciate the participation of Mr. Armando.
In the context of today’s meeting, the UAE would like to focus on three points:
First, we welcome continued progress in key implementation mechanisms of the Final Agreement, including the National Commission on Security Guarantees, , the National Reintegration Council and the Commission for the Follow-Up, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, as well as the government’s prioritisation of vital elements of the Agreement, such as the ethnic and gender provisions, and rural reform. A particularly encouraging development is the government’s initiative to design Colombia’s first National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This can be a fundamental tool in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, which contributes to building peace in the country.
Second, we remain concerned about the persisting threats and violence against civilians, former combatants, and political and community leaders. This includes yesterday’s report on the bomb found near the Vice President’s house. Such acts reaffirm the continued need for action to preserve any steps towards peace and security. In this regard, dedicated efforts, such as further coordination between the national government and local authorities, as well as the increased numbers of dedicated police personnel and public security forces in areas of reintegration and conflict, can minimize the risks to their safety and security. These developments must be sustained and prioritised, as these risks threaten the progress made in the comprehensive implementation of the Agreement.
Third, the recent progress in dialogue between the relevant parties is encouraging, as it has the power to contribute to a significant reduction in violence across communities in Colombia, including possible future ceasefire agreements. We recognise the role that the guarantor and other supporter countries have played and will continue to play in peace efforts as negotiations continue. To ensure that the talks can fulfill their objective, they must be complemented by a continued commitment to the implementation of key provisions in the agreement, including successful reintegration and disarmament processes, security guarantees, and putting an end to violence.
In conclusion, the UAE reaffirms its full support for the Government and people of Colombia in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace, as well as for the UN verification mission, which we welcome the expansion of its mandate in today’s resolution, as this will further support efforts for the full and comprehensive implementation of the Agreement.
Thank you, Mr. President.