UN: 'Enormous challenges still remain' to implementation of peace agreement in Colombia — UN Colombia envoy

The special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, stated that «there have been historic and undeniable achievements» following the peace agreement between the government of Colombia and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), although «enormous challenges still remain». Massieumade these statements during a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Massieu emphasised the need for the «continued commitment by the parties to the implementation of the agreement» to address the violence that continues to occur today. «Unfortunately, some of the areas that suffered immensely during the conflict continue to be besieged by violence from other actors who continue attacking social leaders, human rights defenders, former combatants, and entire communities. Recent massacres in various departments have served as a painful reminder of how innocent civilians, including young people, are falling victim to the actions of these groups,» he explained. The representative also wanted to emphasise the role of women in Colombia's peace process, and the need they suffered during the conflict and to think about how they can contribute to «reintegration efforts, and addressing the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence, which has seen an upsurge during the pandemic.” On November 24, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC chief Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias 'Timochenko,' signed a peace agreement, the result of four years of negotiations.

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