The Verification Mission of the United Nations Organization (UN) in Colombia condemned this Thursday the attack suffered by its team in the department of Guaviare (central-south), in which two vehicles were incinerated.
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In a statement they expressed their rejection of the “attack suffered by our local team from San José de Guaviare in Puerto Nuevo, Guaviare, when it was carrying out a joint mission with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)”.
Likewise, he stressed his concern about the escalation of violence in regions considered prioritized for the implementation of the Peace Agreements, and expressed his willingness to continue accompanying the efforts of the Colombian people and the institutions to consolidate peace in that South American nation.
The UN Mission maintains its position of repudiation against any attempt at intimidation or violent action from residual armed groups, aimed at boycotting and hindering the work of the entity and other humanitarian organizations in the country.
The attack occurred when three UN mission vehicles were going to the rural area of Guayabero to talk with the communities in the area and were intercepted by armed elements, forced to get out of the cars.
2/2 @MisionOnuCol @ochacolombia carries out laudable humanitarian work and deserves absolute respect. We urge the authorities to investigate and guarantee the safety of people, organizations and institutions that defend #HR. Fortunately, there were no injuries in these events.
— Ombudsman (@DefensoriaCol)
January 27, 2022
Two of the three vehicles were incinerated without any of the members of the mission being injured, who later returned to the facilities of their headquarters in San José del Guaviare.
For his part, the presidential adviser for Stabilization and Consolidation, Emilio Archila, pointed out that the mission had been warned by the police forces of the presence of illegal armed factions.