I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Acceding country Croatia*, the candidate countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EFTA country Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this statement.
Let me start by expressing our appreciation for the important role played by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). We wish to thank Commissioner Francisco Dall’Anese Ruiz and all his collaborators for their tireless work in order to accomplish the Commission’s mandate.
Still today, the Commission continues to be a positive force in Guatemala through its efforts to combat impunity. Through its highly professional work, the Commission has been capable of addressing the very particular challenges faced by the Guatemalan justice system.
As the Commission’s purpose is to support the Guatemalan State institutions in the investigation and prosecution of certain crimes, it remains of the utmost importance that all public institutions, as well as the entire society at all levels, fully support the work of the Commission and continue to provide the necessary level of cooperation.
We have a proven record of being a long-lasting and committed supporter of the consolidation of the Rule of Law in Guatemala. At every stage, the EU has provided support to structural reform processes of the justice and security sectors in Guatemala, and obviously the fight against impunity has represented an overarching priority in these processes.
For this very reason, the EU and its Member States have played a crucial role in providing support to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), both politically and financially from the very outset of its work. In financial terms, approx. €11 million has so far been allocated from the EU budget. Following the recent extension of the Commission’s mandate with the specific objective to support both its existing strategy and an effective and sustainable transfer of necessary capabilities to Guatemalan institutions, the EU is currently finalizing steps to approve a final contribution of €4 million.
We support the Draft Resolution before the General Assembly today, which takes note of the significant progress achieved in areas of the Commission’s mandate, and calls on the Government of Guatemala to step up its efforts in combating impunity. While fully aware of the necessity to extend the Commission’s mandate until September 2015, expected to be the Commission’s final period, we remain concerned about continuing violence and cases of impunity inGuatemala.
Finally, we wish to underline the importance and necessity of providing further assistance to Guatemala in building its state institutions in order to provide them with sufficient resources and capacities to take on the tasks performed over the past years by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.
Thank you Mr. President.
*Croatia, theFormer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,Montenegro andSerbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
+Iceland continues to be a member of EFTA and the European Economic Area.