We highlight as a historical fact that parties that have been in confrontation for more than 50 years, for a week, with the support of the UN Mission, will train 80 members who will lead the joint monitoring and verification mechanism at national and regional levels.
Among the men and women that are international observers of the Mission, there are delegates from eight countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC): Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The training, which will run until next September 6 in Popayan, is conducted by instructors from the National Government, FARC-EP and the UN Mission. It is a theoretical and practical exercise involving various aspects of the Final Agreement, in particular the Bilateral and Final Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities and the Decommissioning of Weapons, and the governing protocols of the Mechanism of Monitoring and Verification activity.
The study and work sessions includes the methodology of verification, logistics, security, operational procedures for the Transitory Areas of Normalization and Transitory Points of Normalization, as well as gender issues among other aspects. The training also includes practical exercises to reinforce the acquired skills.
This first level of training is an important step towards the construction of a stable and lasting peace. It is not only the beginning of the realization of the agreements reached in Havana, but also the strong commitment of the members of the Mechanism to consolidate a reliable and transparent process of Monitoring and Cerification, to give full guarantees to communities and society in general .
Jenny Carolina González
High Commissioner for Peace
UN Mission in Colombia