Colombia: Along the path to a sustainable peace [fr]
Resolution 2366 in Colombia - Security Council - Vote explanation of François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Monday 10 July 2017
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2366 (2017), which it co-sponsored, and the establishment of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, mandated to observe and verify compliance with the Final Agreement for Ending the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace.
The Mission is entirely consistent with the laying down of arms by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia on 27 June, which is a vital step in the establishment of a sustainable peace in Colombia.Once again, we welcome the efforts of the parties in their pursuit of peace regardless of the challenges they face. Colombia is proving to the world that it is able to close the chapter of war and to move resolutely towards peace. I reiterate my thanks to the parties in Colombia and, in particular, hail the visionary and courageous commitment of President Santos Calderón, whom the Foreign Minister represents here today.The peace process under way in Colombia represents a great source of hope and encouragement for the Council, which has seen so many crises in the course of fulfilling its role as guarantor of the maintenance of peace.
Much is at stake and there will be challenges. It is now a question not just achieving peace but, above all, building it and allowing it to take root over the long term. The remarkable commitment of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Arnault and his team alongside the parties is a good example of our ability and the ability of the United Nations to provide support. The exemplary results on the ground of the first Mission, deployed in a timely fashion, show that the United Nations is up to the expectations and the trust of the parties.
The adoption of the resolution, in response to the request made last month, allows us to renew our resolute commitment. The new mission that we are setting up at the request of the parties will contribute to verifying the implementation of the guarantees and dividends of peace. France is gratified in that regard and would like to thank the United Kingdom penholder.
France is fully invested in helping Colombia pave the way for peace and will continue to provide its full support to sustain that peace. French aid now stands at €820 million in loans and donations linked to post-conflict scenarios. We have also contributed €3 million directly to the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The resolution that we have just adopted represents an essential building block for a process where the United Nations plays an essential role in helping Colombia along the path to a sustainable peace. Please be assured that the United Nations will respond to the call that was made. France will continue to mobilize decisively to ensure that the process is a success, with a view to helping Colombia to open and to win this new chapter in its history.