Remarks by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha at the UN Security Council meeting on Colombia

January 11, 2023

Thank you, Mr. President,

I thank SRSG and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Massieu, for his efforts and the update on the developments in the country.

I thank Mr. Valbuena for his important insights.

We also welcome the presence of the Vice President, Francia Marquez and of the Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva, important actors for peace in Colombia, at this meeting.

Mr. President,

We commend the Government of Colombia and President Petro, for their vision, resolve and hard work in promoting total peace.

They have continued in the path of work for peace chartered by the previous administration, confirming in this way the desire and resolve of the Colombian people to put an end to the long and painful history of conflict.

The 2016 Final Agreement is the cornerstone of the peace process in Colombia, and we are encouraged by the efforts of the parties to implement it in full, as well as the readiness to engage in dialogue with non-signatory groups.

We welcome the New Year’s Eve agreement for with several large armed groups operating in the country, as part of President’s Petro endeavors for a national ceasefire and lasting peace, through inclusive dialogue and reconciliation.

We are further encouraged by the process of dialogue between the authorities and the ELN in an effort to maximize contribution for the new prospects for Colombia, for better cohabitation among population and help guarantee lasting peace.

Mr. President,

The government and people of Colombia need the continued support of the international community as they make strides towards lasting peace and exploit in full the vast potential for process during this dear.

We welcome the expanded mandate of the UN Versification Mission contained in the resolution adopted today, to monitor the implementation of the rural reforms and ethnic chapters of the peace agreement. These are two critical aspects to ensure the full implementation of the final agreement.

We join the Secretary General’s assessment that the peace process in Colombia has entered in a dynamic new phase that deserves strong international support.

Colombia, its leaders and people enjoy Albania’s full sympathy and support for their noble efforts to consolidate peace. Colombia is a shining success story of peace, which needs to fully materialize, to the benefit of all, without anyone left behind.

In this respect, we trust the authorities will continue to do what is needed to reduce violence.

Violence, Colombia ad Colombians have seen enough, too much, for a long time. They are best placed to know the dire consequences of reckless violence to the detriment of life, of rights and peace.

Just like the attempt to the life of the Vice President, which we condemn firmly, and which only aims to derail the process.

Signor presidente,

Lo que Colombia necesita ahora es la paz, la paz total, a través del diálogo y la justicia.

Y estamos resueltamente con ellos en este camino.

I thank you!

 

 

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