Oidhaco and European civil society organisations from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, welcome the visit of the Security Council to Colombia at a time when it is necessary to strengthen the processes that promote peace.
We ask that the Security Council during its visit to Colombia, holds meetings with a wide-ranging of CSOs including, women’s, indigenous and afro-Colombian organisations, as well as international organisations that accompany Colombian organisations in the construction of peace.
In the letter, we express our concern regarding the delays in the implementation of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement. We call on the UN Security Council to continue insisting on the implementation of the peace agreement. In this regard, we voice concerns about the continued delay in implementing the ethnic chapter and all the gender provisions of the agreement.
It is crucial that this peace agreement remains comprehensive in its implementation.
We commend the work of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia in monitoring and verifying compliance with the 2016 Peace Agreement. The expansion of its mandate to verify the implementation of the ceasefire between the Government and the ELN is important. Still, it should not imply a weakening of attention to the implementation process of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement.
We believe that civil society in Colombia is fundamental to the coordination, promotion, dynamism and monitoring of the implementation of the Peace Agreement. It plays a crucial role in the construction of peace at the local, regional, and national level, and is therefore able to report grassroots knowledge of what is happening in the more remote areas of the country, to the Security Council.