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Francia Márquez at the UN: “I represent a government that came to change the history of my country”

Francia Márquez intervened for the first time in the UN Security Council.  Credit: UN
Francia Márquez intervened for the first time in the UN Security Council. Credit: UN

During the presentation of the quarterly report of the UN Verification Mission In a session of the Security Council, the Vice President of Colombia, Francia Márquez, spoke to the international community, mentioning issues of peace within the country, land redistribution, the inequality gap, the conflict and other elements that have been working from the national government.

I want to thank the demonstrations of solidarity regarding the acts of violence that we still face in our country and that seek to undermine our efforts for peace, for social justice and the deepening of democracy in Colombia.”, Vice President Márquez said starting, to then highlight the accompaniment that part of the international community has given around the peace process, there the official of the Government of the Historical Pact was critical.

My special appreciation for the rigorous performance of the tasks of the verification mission of the United Nations Organization in Colombia, its territorial presence and actions in favor of the victims and of civil society and ethnic peoples, women and ex-combatants who are signatories of the Peace, the The accompaniment of the international community and the Security Council in the political, technical and financial spheres have allowed the commitments of the agreement to be supported and promoted even at times when the political will has been insufficient or scant”.

France was clear in pointing out that even in Colombian territory there are parts where the conflict has not ended, on the contrary it continues to plague the population, mostly rural.

I address you as a daughter of ancestral territory, as a spokesperson for a Colombian people and a representative of a government that has come to change the history of my country. The democratic will to face violence, social injustices and structural inequalities have us today building from the government of change policies for the people, politics to make Colombia a world power of life”, the vice president told the UN.

In the same way, he stressed that despite the conditions, the National Government is paying full attention to these places to correct the state abandonment of which they have been constantly victims: “We propose alternatives that have deep roots in the earth because we come from diverse places where the harshness of war and the politics of death have been the rule. Our ears and hearts are in those places, attentive to their cries, desperate to their pain and their way of resisting in a crisis that continues to weigh on us.”.

Márquez told the international community that this government will have as a priority to carry out a social transformation, emphasizing change, a concept widely used in the electoral campaign of President Petro: “I address you as a daughter of ancestral territory, as the spokesperson for a Colombian people and representative of a government that has come to change the history of my country. The democratic will to face violence, social injustices and structural inequalities have us today building from the government of change policies for the people, politics to make Colombia a world power of life”.

An issue that has been controversial in the country, such as a bilateral ceasefire, was highlighted by Vice President Márquez, since this is a vociferous request from communities immersed in conflict zones where human rights and freedoms are scarce.

We propose alternatives that have deep roots in the earth because we come from diverse places where the harshness of war and the politics of death have been the rule. Our ears and hearts are in those places, attentive to their cries, desperate to their pain and their way of resisting in a crisis that continues to weigh us down, that is why we support the initiatives of the communities that cry out for humanitarian agreements and we insist on the ceasefire and in all dialogue scenarios and political agreements”.

Another aspect that Francia Márquez made clear in her speech was the need for land redistribution, referring to the agreement reached with Fedegán. The vice president pointed out the importance of the land for the development of the field but also the return to the victims of forced displacement.

Inequality in access to land and the abandonment of the inhabitants in rural areas are the main drivers of the war in Colombia. Our Government has defined a clear policy of democratization and distribution of three million hectares of productive land for agricultural, agro-industrial and economic development for the country, for development. In order to prevent boys and girls from continuing to die of hunger and malnutrition in our country”.

The vice president concluded that their focus is to be the ‘world power of life’, so security and social conditions will be fundamental bases for these next 4 years.

Our central commitment is to guarantee the life of the entire Colombian population, to take care of those who have assumed the defense of human rights as their main cause, to protect the communities that are in the middle of the crossfire. But none of this is possible without respecting those who have signed and supported their desire for peace, without de-escalating the armed conflict and ensuring the dismantling of criminal structures that perpetuate violence.”.

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