UN Secretary Common Antonio Guterres is visiting Colombia because the South American nation readies to mark the fifth anniversary of a fragile peace settlement reached between the federal government and what was as soon as the nation’s largest armed insurgent group.
Flanked by Colombian President Ivan Duque, Guterres on Tuesday visited Llano Grande, the positioning of a reintegration centre for former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Marxist insurgent group.
The federal government of Colombia and members of the FARC signed a peace settlement in 2016 to finish an almost six decades-long armed battle that displaced hundreds of thousands and left greater than 260,000 individuals lifeless.
The five-year anniversary of that deal – which noticed about 13,000 FARC fighters lay down their arms and pledge to undertake a civilian life – is being marked on Wednesday.
“On daily basis, they renew their dedication to constructing a rustic in peace & addressing remaining challenges,” Guterres mentioned in a tweet about his go to to Llano Grande. “They know that peace doesn’t come from someday to the opposite. It takes effort to construct & keep.”
I am grateful to have met members of the Llano Grande neighborhood in Colombia.
On daily basis, they renew their dedication to constructing a rustic in peace & addressing remaining challenges.
They know that peace would not come from someday to the opposite. It takes effort to construct & keep. pic.twitter.com/zd1DVxQAwh
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 23, 2021
The UN chief additionally deplored “enemies of peace” and known as for “guaranteeing the security of ex-combatants, social leaders and human rights defenders” in Colombia.
“We should redouble our efforts to ensure the sustainability of (reintegration) tasks, with technical and monetary assist, land and housing,” he mentioned on Tuesday.
Regardless of the 2016 settlement, violence continues in a number of components of Colombia the place FARC dissidents who rejected the peace deal nonetheless maintain weapons, and the place different armed teams and drug traffickers function.
Practically 300 former FARC members even have been killed throughout the nation for the reason that settlement, in keeping with native advocacy group Indepaz.
On Tuesday, Guterres met with former FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, who mentioned Duque’s presence was a supply of “encouragement”.
Regardless of “the numerous obstacles … even supposing we now have had almost 300 members killed, we stay dedicated to the trail taken 5 years in the past,” mentioned Londono, who is commonly referred to by his former nom de guerre, Timochenko.
“We are going to respect the guarantees made to Colombia and the world,” he mentioned.
The UN mentioned Guterres additionally spoke with Fredy Gustavo Dimate, one other former FARC fighter who was a member of the group for 20 years however for the reason that peace deal has been coaching and dealing in espresso manufacturing.
In the meantime, additionally on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden’s administration is making ready to take away the FARC from its listing of international “terrorist organisations”, the Reuters information company reported, citing two individuals aware of the matter.
Reuters mentioned the US State Division notified Congress of its plan and an announcement is predicted within the coming days.
Dropping the “terrorism” designation might assist unlock US support to tasks that contain former FARC members and bolster the settlement total with an additional demonstration of US assist.
“We now have began the method of consulting with Congress on actions that we’re taking close to the FARC,” State Division spokesman Ned Worth mentioned throughout a each day briefing.
Worth declined to specify whether or not that will imply eradicating FARC from the blacklist, however mentioned the Biden administration was dedicated to the “implementation and preservation” of the Colombia peace accord.
The Colombian authorities, one among Washington’s closest allies in Latin America, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Reuters.
The US first designated the FARC as a “terrorist” organisation in October 1997.
Following the group’s demobilisation, FARC members entered politics, initially calling themselves the Revolutionary Various Widespread Pressure, holding the FARC acronym. They later rebranded as Comunes and the get together’s management obtained 10 congressional seats after the peace deal.