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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said:
I congratulate Mr Velasquez on his appointment as CICIG’s new Commissioner and wish him every success in his role. He brings a lot of valuable experience from Colombia.
Mr Velasquez arrives at an important time for CICIG in Guatemala. His predecessor, Mr Dall’Anese, worked tirelessly with Guatemala’s authorities to help tackle impunity. But there are still challenges ahead to reduce impunity further to give Guatemalans the security they desire and deserve.
The UK remains committed in its support for CICIG. This support is part of a package of UK assistance to Guatemala’s security sector that has included access to UK expertise.
I urge Guatemala’s government to back Mr Velasquez and CICIG. As the Commission enters the last two years of its mandate, it is important that there is a robust and sustainable exit strategy that leaves the Guatemalan authorities with the capacity, skills and resources to carry on its good work.
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