The Colombian government said on Friday that members of FARC guerrillas will soon deliver some 14,000 weapons to the United Nations, in compliance with the peace agreement signed in November. "About 11,000 of them are rifles." In compliance with the peace agreement, FARC's nearly 7,000 members have been concentrated for almost a month in 26 locations throughout the country. By the end of May, the process of turning in the weapons must have ended and that of reincorporation to civilian life begun. El Colombiano
The International Peace Institute, together with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, presents, “Made in Havana: How Colombia and the FARC Agreed to End the War” by Renata Segura and Delphine Mechoulan. Follow the discussion live here, on February 28 at 1:15 EST.
As the period concludes, and as noted in my letter dated 14 December 2016 to the President of the Council (S/2016/1063), a new peace agreement has now been signed and ratified and has entered into force, signalling the beginning of peace implementation in Colombia and paving the way for the Mission to carry out the full range of its mandated tasks. Download report here.
Colombia will continue to "advocate" for a "change of global strategy" in addressing the problem of illicit drugs, which will continue to be discussed in the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The idea is to advance toward the goals proposed for 2019, to eliminate "or significantly reduce the consumption, crops, production, traffic and money laundering." El Tiempo Pictured: Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín
Highlighting that the Colombian peace process faced and continues to face a range of challenges but also offers “solid” opportunities, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country today called on the United Nations Security Council for its continued attention and strong support to the country.