UN to help Colombia rebels return to society
rebels have “a deep sense of uncertainty” about their physical security following their disarmament and their economic future.
Colombia’s Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said the peace process was developed by and for the Colombian people “so we can all have hope for a better future”.
“However, it is surrounded by a dynamic debate, as happens in every strong democracy, but little by little, people are starting to notice the effects of peace and are willing to give it a chance,” she told the council.
Britain’s political counselor Stephen Hickey expressed delight that the Security Council responded swiftly to Santos’ request for a new mission.
Hickey said the world has witnessed “an extraordinary journey in Colombia” that culminated in the end of the war. But Hickey said “experience from our own history in Northern Ireland has taught us that the hardest part remains ahead.”
“A sustainable and lasting peace will depend on the FARC’s successful reincorporation into civilian life,” he said.
France’s UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said the Colombian peace process “is a true success story” for the country but also for the UN and the Security Council.
(Peace process was developed by and for the Colombian people) so we can all have hope for a better future.”
Maria Angela Holguin, Colombia’s foreign minister