UN to help Colom­bia rebels re­turn to so­ci­ety

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

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

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