In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos delivered a message of peace and highlighted the results of the agreement reached between his Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), which he described as a model for the rest of the world. “If we were able to put an end to an armed conflict in Colombia that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions of victims and displaced persons, there is hope for other ongoing conflicts in the world,” stated Mr. Santos Calderón in his address to delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate. UN News Centre
Marking a symbolic step for the end of the conflict, a group of rebels have officially laid down their arms, according to UN monitors. The UN said the rebels can formally "begin their reintegration into civilian life." Deutsche Welle
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.
While the first phase in implementing Colombia’s recently signed Peace Agreement between the Government and guerrilla fighters remained largely on track, the “relatively short window of opportunity” to build a solid foundation for peace required consistent vigilance, the senior United Nations official in that country said in a briefing to the Security Council today. Relief Web
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.