Colombia : "we need to remain committed"
Colombia - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 11 January 2017
Three points on Colombia.
First of all, a positive note: we believe that the fact that the parties have respected the ceasefire and the positive dynamic regarding the transition towards a lasting peace in Colombia are both positive developments that can be put to the credit of the parties of course, but also to the credit of the UN and the Security Council. So this is a positive thing. However, as we all know there are still many challenges ahead which means that we - the UN, the Security Council - need to remain committed, we need to continue following closely the situation and supporting the UN Mission in Colombia. That is what the briefing we will have with Jean Arnault, a great compatriot by the way, and Maria Emma, my colleague from Colombia, is all about.
The priority as we speak is to make sure that all the measures are taken so that the Mission can accompany, can help implement the peace agreement within the agreed timeframe. So that’s for the framework, so to speak.
Number two, I want you to be aware of the fact that France, in terms of its bilateral partnership with Colombia - a country that is very close to us, with a very strong partnership - is committed to the implementation of the peace agreement and we will continue on a bilateral basis to support it, including through a very important package of loans and aid that amounts close to one billion euros. So, this is a huge effort on a bilateral basis from France to support the peace agreement and its implementation.
In the same vein, President Hollande will pay a very important visit to Colombia before the end of the month.
Q: On the peace process, is the SG going to attend ?
You should ask Mr. Antonio Guterres. He will tell you.
Q: How many participants?
To my knowledge, there are about 70 countries represented.
Q: Do you expect anything afterwards at the UN?
No, it’s not in the pipeline.