Colombia: a source of inspiration for us all [fr]
Colombia/ Adoption of the resolution 2381 - Vote explanation by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representant of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 5 October 2017
"The ceasefire and all commitments arising from it spark considerable hope for the current talks under way in Quito." French Ambassador François Delattre
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2381 (2017) and the endorsement of the Colombia Secretary-General’s recommendations on United Nations support for the Mission tasked with verifying the temporary ceasefire between the Ejército de Liberación Nacional and the Colombian Government.
In that regard, we thank the British penholder for its efforts.We welcome, in particular the responsiveness of the United Nations and its readiness to assist the parties in the negotiations process. In one month, the Secretary-General and his team, in particular his Special Representative, Mr. Jean Arnault, have managed to submit proposals that would provide a swift and effective response to the request for support to uphold the temporary ceasefire.
After the successful disarmament and political transition of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), we hope that the Ejército de Liberación Nacional will take part in the peace process to end the conflict with the Colombian Government. The ceasefire and all commitments arising from it spark considerable hope for the current talks under way in Quito. The peace process conducted with the FARC demonstrates that the decades-long violence is not inevitable.
We call upon all parties involved in the negotiations to respect their commitments, including those not covered by the United Nations Mission. The United Nations, along with the Catholic Church, will attempt to strengthen the climate of trust. Nonetheless, success depends, above all, on the political will demonstrated by the parties.
France will continue to support United Nations action in Colombia — a great and friendly nation on a historic path of courage and determination. In recent years, the country has shown that conflict is not inevitable. The will of the parties could reverse the course of history. By supporting the peace process, the United Nations was able to fulfil its mission of maintaining international peace and security. The will of the parties and the support of the United Nations have made the peace process in Colombia a source of inspiration for us all.