UN calls to hold elections in peace in Colombia | News

The head of the United Nations Organization (UN) Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, presented this Thursday before the Security Council in New York the most recent report of the Secretary General of the world organization, Antonio Guterres, on the implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement, in which he calls for the next legislative and presidential elections to take place in peaceful conditions.

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Ruiz Massieu also took advantage of his speech before the 15 members of the Security Council to condemn the latest acts of violence in the departments of Arauca and Antioquia, as well as the murder of the indigenous environmentalist boy David Cucuñame in Cauca, as an expression of concrete difficulties for the peacebuilding.

The Head of the UN Mission in Colombia said that “the spirit of the Peace Agreement is that there can be no justification for violence in Colombia today, nor any alternative to dialogue to resolve conflicts.”

In relation to the general elections next spring in that nation, the head of the Mission referred to the general elections in Colombia and what he called a historic opportunity for representatives of the 16 special transitory districts of peace to be elected.



However, he warned that these are elections in which the rights and security of the communities must be guaranteed, and the stigmatization of former insurgent combatants must be avoided.



“We trust that all political actors develop their campaigns in an atmosphere of respect. I take this opportunity to invite them, once again, to participate in initiatives that promote non-violence and non-stigmatization in the electoral process,” said Ruiz.