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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao after Voting on the Security Council Resolution on Columbia

2017/10/05

China welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2381 overseeing the ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the ELN. Recently, the Colombian Government and the ELN reached a temporary ceasefire agreement, which represents major progress in the Colombian peace process. China congratulates and commends all parties for their efforts, in particular the Colombian Government.

Since the Colombian Government reached the ceasefire agreement and the Final Agreement for Ending the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace with the FARC-EP last year, the Colombian peace process has continued to experience new progress, resulting in positive momentum in support of the dialogue for peace between the Colombian Government and the ELN, which has created conditions conducive to the early realization of comprehensive sustainable peace and stability in Colombia.

The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia started its work officially not long ago, and the adoption of resolution 2381 further strengthens its mandate. The Verification Mission, while advancing the implementation of the peace agreement, will oversee the ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the ELN. China hopes that the Secretariat will finalize its preparation work as soon as possible, helping the Verification Mission to successfully carry out its mandate. We also hope that on the basis of respect for sovereignty, independence and the territorial integrity of Colombia, the Mission will strengthen communications with the Colombian Government and conduct good internal coordination work, while ensuring the comprehensive implementation of the mandate so as to provide constructive help to the greater outcome of the peace process in Colombia.

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