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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:00

Security Council approved Second UN Mission in Colombia

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The United Nations Security Council has adopted Resolution 2366 (2017) through which the Second Verification Mission to the Colombian Peace Agreement is approved.

The decision was unanimously approved and will begin on September 26 after the completion of the work that is being developed by the First UN Mission in Colombia, which successfully monitored, verified and received the lay down of weapons of the FARC-EP as well as its concentration in various Transitional Zones and Points across the county.

This Second Mission will have a mandate that will last 12 months initially, and will verify the implementation of the agreement and the security guarantees for the members of the FARC.

In Resolution 2366 of the Security Council, it is affirmed that this Mission will be in charge of verifying points 3.2 and 3.4 of the Final Agreement, which corresponds to the "political, economic and social reincorporation of the FARC-EP; the implementation of personal and collective security guarantees; and comprehensive programmes on security and protection measures for communities and organisations in the territories, and should include the required regional and local verification".

The Mission is ready to undertake the task

Once the Security Council's resolution was known, Jean Arnault, who is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the First Mission in Colombia, stated that "the Mission is confident that this new mandate will contribute to the full implementation of the commitments on reincorporation and security guarantees in the shortest time possible".

Likewise, he expressed the Mission is ready to undertake this task "in close coordination and collaboration with the United Nations System and with the implementation bodies established by the Peace Agreement".

Foreign Affairs Minister, María Ángela Holguín, who was present at the UN Security Council session, expressed to be "grateful for the Security Council’s approval" of the Second UN Mission to Colombia.

The Special Representative of this Second Mission is expected to report to the Security Council every 90 days regarding the verification activities and their progress.

Finally, the Resolution states that the Security Council expresses its willingness to continue to work with the Government "to extend the mandate of the Verification Mission on the basis of agreement between the parties".

Review Resolution 2366 here