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The ONU urges Colombia to accelerate the reintegration of ex-guerrillas

 The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Colombia to accelerate the process of reintegration of former FARC fighters and reiterated its concern over the repeated assassinations of ex-guerrillas.

In a declaration agreed upon by the fifteen members, the Security Council stressed the importance of ensuring full socio-economic, political and legal reintegration of the demobilized.

This, he stressed, must include access to land and markets, as well as more security guarantees, especially in view of the local elections this year.

The repeated assassinations of former members of the FARC continue to worry the highest decision-making body of the United Nations, which also expressed its sorrow for the attacks against civilian leaders in Colombia.

According to the Council, “quick actions on the ground” are required to prevent these murders and bring those responsible to justice.

The statement issued on Tuesday follows the debate held last week by the Security Council, in which the UN urged Colombia to complete as soon as possible the legal framework of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

In the text agreed by the countries, the Council reiterates that call, asking that the Statutory Law of the JEP be approved “as soon as possible”.

At the same time, the fifteen members welcomed the commitment of the Colombian president, Ivan Duque, to build a “national consensus” around the special justice system created under the Peace Agreement with the FARC.

The JEP is the specialized justice to investigate and judge crimes committed not only by the ex-guerrilla but by other actors of the conflict in the country and, despite the lack of that Law, is already working on seven major cases that affect 820,000 victims.

The Statutory Law is pending ratification, after Duque presented objections to six of its 159 articles, which were rejected by the House of Representatives. (EFEUSA) .-

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