Colombia: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 21st June 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Coussins Baroness Coussins Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take within the UN Security Council to encourage the government of Colombia to reactivate the National Commission for Security Guarantees.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK consistently calls on the Colombian Government to make full use of the National Commission for Security Guarantees, as we did in recent UN Security Council meetings on Colombia. Successive UK-drafted UN Security Council press statements have called for the National Commission on Security Guarantees, working with civil society, to adopt and implement a public policy to dismantle illegal armed groups.

To date, we have spent over £69 million through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) to support the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia and improve stability and security. We will continue to work with Colombia, including through the UNSC, and encourage the Colombian Government to strengthen the institutions that can improve the security of citizens and investigate and prosecute the criminal actors responsible for violence.

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