UN envoy for Colombia calls for consolidation of gains in Colombia's peace process

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, on Monday called for efforts to preserve the hard-won gains in Colombia's peace process through the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

During 2019, Colombia continued making significant strides in its peace process even in the face of serious challenges, particularly in terms of security for conflict-affected communities, social leaders and former combatants, Massieu told the Security Council.

Enhanced participation and improved security in the October 2019 regional elections demonstrated the positive impact of the peace process on Colombian democracy. Thousands of former combatants who only a few years ago were armed with weapons of war continue to forge new lives through the opportunities provided by peace, he said.

Massieu said the hard-won gains must be protected, preserved and built upon, and that the best path is through the comprehensive implementation of the peace agreement between the government and FARC.

He encouraged the two parties to deepen their dialogue regarding any differences in the implementation of the agreement.

"We remain convinced that the full implementation of the peace agreement, in all its interconnected aspects, provides the best possible hope for Colombia to lay the foundations for a more peaceful and prosperous future."

The Colombian government and FARC struck a peace deal in August 2016 after four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba, ending a five-decades-long conflict in the country. Massieu is leading the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which is tasked to verify the reintegration of former FARC fighters. Enditem

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