25 January 2005
Senior UN Officials Meet with High-Level Delegation from Colombia
NEW YORK, 24 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast chaired a meeting with a high-level delegation from the Government of Colombia that included Vice-President Francisco Santos and Foreign Minister Carolina Barco. Mr. Prendergast was joined by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, and the Special Adviser for Colombia, as well as representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Secretary-General took the opportunity to meet the participants.
In the meeting, there was an open and constructive exchange, particularly on the human rights and humanitarian situations in Colombia, and on the good offices provided by the Secretary General since 1999 in the search for a negotiated solution to the conflict.
It was made clear at todays meeting that the good offices of the Secretary-General remain available to Colombia. Should circumstances change and the parties request that the United Nations resume an active good offices role in the future, the Secretary-General will be ready to consider how best to help. Meanwhile, Mr. James LeMoyne will in April be concluding his term as Special Adviser, after five years service for the Secretary-General on Colombia.
The United Nations and the Government of Colombia agreed to continue discussions aimed at strengthening cooperation in the areas of human rights and humanitarian assistance, for the benefit of the Colombian people.
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