A first group of 12 members of FARC-EP received this Friday from the UN Mission the certificate of the individual arms laydown process ending, which allows them to formally begin their reincorporation to civilian life. In turn, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace presented the respective accreditation by the Government of Colombia.
With this event, a continuous process of certifications begins to the members of the FARC-EP who are giving their transit to the civil life after the laydown of arms.
In addition, the Mission reports that it currently has 41 containers and 52 metal boxes in the FARC-EP camps, with the capacity to store tens of thousands of weapons. The Mission has deployed more than 500 observers, men and women throughout the country to fulfill these tasks.
Similarly, the UN Mission actively pursues the campaign for the extraction of cashes and destruction of unstable weapons and has the logistical and operational capacity to execute the extraction of armament wherever adequate data are available.
In his statement following his visit to Colombia, the President of the UN Security Council emphasized his confidence in the Mission's readiness to fulfill all its responsibilities. The UN Mission in Colombia reiterates to the public opinion its full commitment to an objective and rigorous verification of the Agreement of Bilateral and Definitive Ceasefire and Hostilities and Laydown of Weapons.
Published on ReliefWeb on May 12, 2017.