Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Chávez worked with sincere interest, friendship and Bolivarian willingness for peace in Colombia: Ramírez


New York, 25th January 2016.-  This Monday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution approving an unarmed UN Mission to act as mediator to put a seal on the definitive peace process in the Colombian conflict, which has lasted 50 years.
Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, thanked the recognition given to Venezuela regarding the peace process in the approved document and highlighted the invaluable support of Commander Hugo Chávez in solving of the neighbouring country’s conflict.
“We highly value the fact that the Resolution we have just approved mentions and recognises the contribution and commitment of Venezuela to the talks and peace in our neighbouring country. In this context, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight the contribution and pay due homage to Commander Hugo Chávez’s tireless work and resolute commitment to politics and peace; he worked inexhaustibly, nobly, with sincere interest, friendship and Bolivarian willingness, for peace in Colombia; it was one of his dearest wishes, and today’s decision represents the continuation of his legacy for our country.” Ramírez noted.
As a result of this conflict, Venezuela has received thousands of Colombian refugees who left their country in order to ensure their families have the peace and tranquillity that they deserve.
Ramírez affirmed, "More than five million Colombian brothers and sisters, among whom there are regular and irregular migrants, and refugees, live in Venezuela. We have received them as brothers and sisters, which is what they are; Venezuela has given them all of the guarantees and rights, as equals, as if they were Venezuelans.”
The Venezuelan diplomat also mentioned the impact that the inclusion of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has had on the Colombian peace process and expressed the view that they should be considered for membership of the Mission as guarantors of regional peace.
“CELAC countries have a major role to play in the composition of the political mission. The members of this political mechanism have followed the development of the peace preliminaries with interest and expectation, as has been shown in the Statements made following their Summit meetings in support of the respective talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, welcoming the political, social and economic development of our sister nation.”