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The United States condemns attacks in Colombia against indigenous people, ex-combatants and public forces

Linda Thomas-Greenfield celebrated several advances by the Petro Government and posed with Vice President Francia Márquez and Ambassador Leonor Zalabata.  Vice presidency.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield celebrated several advances by the Petro Government and posed with Vice President Francia Márquez and Ambassador Leonor Zalabata. Vice presidency.

Despite the fact that the United States has supported the Government of Colombia’s Total Peace initiative, recently the ambassador of that country to the United Nations (UN), Linda Thomas-Greenfield, made some reservations about drug trafficking, violence and other problems that are daily bread in the country.

The comments of the diplomat of the Joe Biden government were given this Wednesday, January 11, at the session of the UN Security Council in which the Vice President of the Republic, Francia Márquez, and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva Durán participated on behalf of the Petro government.

Although the US official assured that they were “completely committed to supporting Colombia in this vital work” of dismantling all criminal gangs, she did not let go unnoticed several of those who, in her opinion, are the “obstacles to peace that must be urgently addressed”.

This Wednesday, January 11, Vice President Francia Márquez and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva together with Ambassador Leonor Zabalata at the UN.  Vice presidency.
This Wednesday, January 11, Vice President Francia Márquez and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva together with Ambassador Leonor Zabalata at the UN. Vice presidency.

There, Thomas referred to the increase in cocaine crops in Colombian territory and assured that the UN had shown that, during the government of Iván Duque in 2021, thousands of hectares of illicit crops of that alkaloid had been reported and for this reason he urged the President Petro to take urgent action on the issue.

“Illicit drug production continues to fuel violence in conflict-affected areas. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported record levels of coca cultivation in 2021. Let’s be clear, all acts of violence, whether they are attacks against the public forces, indigenous or Afro-Colombian communities, ex-combatants, human rights defenders or environmentalists, impede progress and peace,” Thomas-Greenfield asserted.

The ambassador of the Biden government even urged the Police, the Army, and other agencies of the Public Force in Colombia to act to “combat the illicit production of drugs, reduce violence, and ensure that illegal armed groups respond,” she asserted. .

Linda Thomas-Greenfield made several recommendations to the government of Gustavo Petro in Colombia.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Al-Omari
Linda Thomas-Greenfield made several recommendations to the government of Gustavo Petro in Colombia. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al-Omari

However, he stressed that the government of Gustavo Petro has properly promoted the care and empowerment of Afro-Colombian communities that is contemplated in the Peace Agreement with the extinct FARC, which, according to him, are strictly linked to the Public Order Law, which is the one with which they intend to negotiate with drug traffickers, criminals and other criminal structures.

“The United States salutes the Petro administration’s commitment to fully achieving the objectives of the ethnic chapter. We appreciate Vice President Márquez’s leadership in coordinating these efforts, in partnership with the High Commissioner for Peace and entities in the Colombian government, including the recently created Ministry of Equality,” added Thomas.

In fact, he directly highlighted Francia Márquez’s efforts to vindicate the country’s blacks: “Your choice at this time, Madam Vice President, is historic and represents the commitment of the Petro administration to address this important problem”, assured the United States diplomat who assured that since the Biden government, as happened in October 2022 when the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken came to Colombia, will tend to comply with the afros.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield made several recommendations to the government of Gustavo Petro in Colombia.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Al-Omari
Linda Thomas-Greenfield made several recommendations to the government of Gustavo Petro in Colombia. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al-Omari

“We are encouraged by the significant increase in resources for the agricultural sector in the Government budget for 2023”, affirmed the ambassador, who was positive that the ex-guerrillas abandoned their weapons and jumped from the mountains to the political spectrum. However, she urged the Executive to continue providing guarantees for ex-combatants seeking to reintegrate into society legally.

“We should not lose sight of how significant it is to see ex-combatants participate in the political process,” he said, while stressing that in his country they will continue to advocate for the expansion of “democratic political participation” in Colombia.

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