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Participitation of Ambassador Mejia in the 3rd metting of the New York Working Group of the Bureau of the ICC assembly of States Parties in New York

New York, April 10, 2015

 

Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations participated during the briefing delivered by Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, from Argentina, President of the International Criminal Court.

Ambassador Mejia took the opportunity to congratulate and welcome the presidency of Judge Fernandez de Gurmendi, during the 3rd meeting of the New York Working Group of the Bureau of the ICC Assembly of States Parties in New York, and highlighted that Colombia sees her as one of own for being from Latin America and a woman as well for such a high international organ. Colombia's ambassador reiterated her country's commitment with the Court and the need to strike a balance between peace and justice in moments when the need to reach the universality of the Statute is key in order to tackle global challenges due to current atrocities around the world, whereas countries like ours stride to reach peace, which are the Court's and the Statute's main challenges.

Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi thanked Ambassador Mejia for her words and expressed that she observes with attention "the development of the peace process in Colombia, who for the first time will sign a peace process under the Statute" which she qualified as "an extremely important endeavor.'

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, III Meeting of the New York Working Group of the ICC ASP Bureau