STATEMENT 059 | Photo: UN.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, through his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, reiterated today his support for the work of the Commissioner Iván Velásquez Gómez as head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
Message from the Secretary-General:
“No complaint received about Head of Impunity Commission, Secretary-General commends his work.
In response to questions regarding reports that the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, is planning to ask the Secretary-General for the removal of Commissioner Iván Velásquez as Head of the International Commission against Impunity, (…) we have never received any complaint about the role of Commissioner Velásquez from the Government of Guatemala or from the country’s justice sector institutions.
On the contrary, the UN recently hosted a donor meeting at Headquarters with the participation of the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, the President of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, as well as the Minister of Interior. They all praised the the Commission’s work.
The Secretary-General heartily commends the work of Commissioner Velásquez and looks forward to continuing to supporting him carry out his functions at the helm of the Commission”.