Vietnam voices support for peace, reconciliation process in Colombia hinh anh 1Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, addresses the session on October 14 (Photo: VNA)
New York (VNA) – The UN Security Council convened a session on October 14 to discuss the situation in Colombia and activities of the UN Verification Mission there.

Applauding the political, economic, and social strides in Colombia, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, voiced support for the peace, security, national reconciliation, reunification, and development process in the country, as well as for the role of the UN Verification Mission.

He asked all relevant parties to continue engaging in dialogue in a constructive spirit so as to deal with challenges and differences during the peace process, especially via the mechanisms set up under the peace agreement.

Quy also demanded all parties involved take necessary measures and effectively use mechanisms for guaranteeing security in the protection of civilians, particularly women and children.

At the event, speakers said the peace process in Colombia have attained much important progress in terms of politics, security, and economy. They also voiced concern about the continued attacks on and violence against veterans, the black, women, and indigenous people, particularly in rural areas.

They urged the Colombian Government to keep promoting the political process, protect vulnerable groups, and carry out election-related initiatives to organise democratic and peaceful elections in 2022.

Members of the Security Council highlighted recent advances in the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia but also expressed concern over violent actions against and killings of civilians, especially former soldiers.

They emphasised the need to step up measures to prevent activities of illegal armed groups and ensure safety for vulnerable groups during the reintegration process. They called on the Colombian Government to join relevant parties to continue socio-economic development policies assisting people.

Participants also voiced support for activities of the UN Verification Mission and the Colombian Government during the peace and national reconciliation process./.