Switzerland takes Security Council on trip to Colombia

Members of the UN Security Council will be in Colombia for several days while several peace talks with the authorities take place (archives). © KEYSTONE/AP/FERNANDO VEGARA

Published on 02/07/2024

Switzerland, with its British and Guyanese partners, is taking members of the UN Security Council to spend a few days in Colombia. This country is considered one of the successes in the peace processes of recent years.

After their arrival on Wednesday night, the fifteen members are expected to increase the number of meetings until Sunday for this third trip to the site since the 2016 agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. “Despite the challenges, there is renewed political will for the full implementation” of this agreement, said the head of the UN verification mission in Colombia.

Several dialogues with other armed groups are currently taking place within the scope of the “total peace” desired by the government. The authorities and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have just expanded and strengthened the ceasefire for their discussions.

Council members, including the Swiss ambassador to the UN, Pascale Baeriswyl, are expected to meet with representatives of states, signatories of the peace agreement with the former FARC and members of civil society, according to the UN. A discussion with President Gustavo Petro is scheduled for Thursday. Representatives from several states will also travel to the south of the country on Friday to see veterans. The next day, they will talk to indigenous leaders.

Switzerland has been committed to promoting peace in Colombia for decades. Last year, the then President of the Confederation, Alain Berset, visited this country as part of Swiss efforts in the Security Council. Berna is also the guarantor of negotiations between the government and the Central General Staff (EMC), a dissident FARC, and supports negotiations between the ELN and the authorities.


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