Colombia: Guatemala

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th January 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Colombian counterpart on the Colombian Government's decision to recall its ambassador to Guatemala.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

UK ministers and senior officials regularly discuss specific issues with Colombian counterparts, but the decision to recall its ambassador from another country is a matter for the Colombian government. As we have consistently set out in our public statements on the rule of law in Guatemala, the arrest of former International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) personnel will further undermine domestic and international confidence in the rule of law in Guatemala. The United Kingdom will continue to work closely with international partners to encourage the Government of Guatemala to support and respect judicial independence.

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