UN launches fund to consolidate peace in Guatemala

13:57, March 17, 2011      

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United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom (R) talk at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Guatemala Presidency)

The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday announced it will launch a fund to consolidate the peace in Guatemala.

The fund is called UN Fund for the Peace Consolidation in Guatemala and it will have a budget of 10 million U.S. dollars aimed to finance different security and justice programs, visiting UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon said at a press conference.

"I am sure that the Guatemalan people agree that they did not end 36 years of armed conflict just to see that the violence comes in other forms," Ban said.

Ban also said that the International Commission against the Impunity in Guatemala will continue two more years in the country.

Earlier, Ban met with Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom and appointed him "ambassador of peace."

During the meeting, Ban, Colom and his cabinet discussed issues of security, poverty, violence against women, regional problems and the pending works for the goals of the Millennium, which Guatemala will not fulfill on time.

Source: Xinhua

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