Politics 25-09-2018

Jimmy Morales will meet António Guterres at the UN today

While the Executive continues to be silent on whether to comply with the decision of the CC to allow Commissioner Iván Velásquez to enter the country, President Jimmy Morales will meet today with António Guterres, Secretary of the UN, and deliver his address to the Assembly. General.

The speech, scheduled for 13 hours in Guatemala, will be preceded by a lunch in which António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, will participate.

This will be the first time that Morales and Guterres see each other, but in the evening there will be a 10-minute meeting between them to talk about Cicig, Jorge Skinner Klee, Guatemalan ambassador to the UN, told CNN.

According to the ambassador, since last June there were negotiations for a meeting with Gutérres, and he insisted that Guatemala has raised concerns and the UN has not resolved them.

The UN secretary confirmed Iván Velásquez as head of the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG) on September 19, in response to a 48-hour summons announced by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, who demanded a list from the UN Possible candidates to occupy such headquarters.

From the 4 of September, Gutérres made official his position: "I do not find reason to retire the existing confidence in the commissioner Iván Velásquez".

Migrant protest

Through an invitation, the organization Florecerás Guatemala, made up of connationals, in New York, called for a demonstration against Morales in front of the UN headquarters.

In the invitation, Guatemalans are summoned to show their rejection of the Government, request the resignation of the Cabinet and call on the international community to monitor the guarantee of human rights.

In addition, according to the communication, the activity is to show support for Cicig and Iván Velásquez. The grouping also requires paying attention to the intimidation that community leaders are subject to.

Anti-drug meeting

On his first day of work in New York, yesterday, the president met with the US ambassador. UU before the UN, Nikki Haley in the context of the Global Call for Action on the World Drug Problem, although the only thing that transpired is Haley's thanks to Morales' visit.

Morales attended the meeting accompanied by Chancellor Jovel.

During this forum, the Guatemalan president had the opportunity to greet the US president, Donald Trump, who inaugurated the activity, part of the schedule for the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

Trump said during his speech, the first of several planned before the UN: "Our call to action is simple: reduce the demand for drugs, cut the supply of illicit drugs, expand the treatment and strengthen international cooperation."

According to a statement sent by the Government, in the forum on drugs, in which several heads of state participated, the countries reaffirmed their determination to fight against drug trafficking, in accordance with International Law.

In addition, although Trump has been a usual critic of the UN, this time he said: "The United Nations has a lot of potential and that potential is being met slowly but surely."

In fact, it was he who asked the UN to include the global drug problem on the agenda.

The official agenda of President Morales included attending the reception offered by Trump and his wife.

For this Tuesday meetings are planned with business leaders and with the presidents of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez, and of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández.

Although the official agenda highlights that Morales will hold "several bilateral meetings," he does not detail whether he will meet Trump or Guterres; however, it confirms an appointment with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced the agenda of Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, in which she highlights her participation, today, in the forum Massive Migration of Venezuelan Citizens.

In the afternoon, Jovel will attend a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and tomorrow he will hold bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Andorra, María Ubach; from Serbia, Ivica Dacic; and from Georgia, David Salkaliani, among other activities.

Commitment to peace

The international leaders yesterday expressed their commitment to peace, at a summit organized by the UN to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who fought exclusion in South Africa.

The 193 member states of the United Nations also approved a political declaration in which they pledged to "redouble their efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous and just world".

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