Amman

27 August 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Guatemala [scroll down for Spanish version]

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is shocked to learn that H.E. Mr. Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala, has issued a statement declaring Commissioner Ivan Velásquez persona non grata. 

He fully expects that Mr. Velásquez will be treated by the Guatemalan authorities with the respect due to his functions as an international civil servant.

Under Commissioner Velásquez's leadership, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has made a decisive contribution to strengthening justice sector institutions in Guatemala, helping to ensure justice was done in numerous cases.  Mr. Velásquez has worked tirelessly to promote a culture that upholds the rule of law and rejects corruption.

The Secretary-General has repeatedly reiterated his full confidence in Commissioner Velásquez.

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El Secretario-General está consternado por las informaciones relativas a que Su Excelencia el Sr. Jimmy Morales, Presidente de Guatemala, ha emitido una declaración pública declarando al  Comisionado Velásquez persona non grata.

El Secretario General confía en que el Sr. Velásquez será tratado por las autoridades guatemaltecas con el respeto debido a su labor como funcionario internacional. 

Bajo el liderazgo del Comisionado Velásquez, la CICIG ha hecho una contribución decisiva al fortalecimiento de las instituciones del sector justicia en Guatemala,  ayudando a garantizar que se impartiera justicia en numerosos casos.  El Sr. Velásquez ha trabajado sin descanso para promover una cultura de respeto al Estado de Derecho y de rechazo la corrupción.

El Secretario-General ha reiterado en numerosas ocasiones su plena confianza en el Comisionado Velásquez.