As part of the UK’s continuing commitment to a lasting peace in Colombia, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for the Americas Sir Alan Duncan has announced an increase in financial support for Colombia’s Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Over £7 million of additional funding from the Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) will support the peace agreement at a critical stage. This includes a new £5 million contribution to the UN’s Trust Fund, which will help reintegrate former combatants and support recovery in post conflict areas.
Sir Alan Duncan, Minister for Europe and the Americas, said:
I am delighted to announce that the UK is increasing support to Colombia’s Peace Process with over £7 million of additional funding, bringing our total support in 2017 to 2018 to almost £12 million.
There has been significant progress since the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016. The FARC have laid down their arms and become a political party. But there is more work ahead. The implementation of the peace agreement is now entering a critical and complex stage, which is why we are increasing our support.
The new funding has enabled the UK to contribute an extra £5 million to the UN Trust Fund, which will support projects that help stabilisation in post-conflict areas, and the reintegration of former combatants back into normal life.
The funding will also provide additional support to the Organisation of American States Peace Monitoring Mission in Colombia, and to the work of the UN Office for Human Rights. We remain committed to helping Colombia implement the peace agreement as swiftly and comprehensively as possible.