Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of Nick Whittingham as the new Ambassador to Guatemala. He will begin his new role in September 2019 and he replaces Carolyn Davidson who is taking up a new role with the Diplomatic Service.
Sir Alan Duncan, the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, has said that he is disappointed at the news that the Guatemalan Government ending their agreement relating to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.
In a statement Duncan said:
“The UK is extremely disappointed by the announcement of the Guatemalan Government on Monday 7 January unilaterally terminating their agreement with the UN on the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a decision which has since been suspended by the Constitutional Court. CICIG has made a valuable contribution to the fight against corruption and impunity in Guatemala, strengthening the national institutions of Guatemala in the process.
The UK, along with the EU and other international partners, has been a strong supporter of CICIG and we value their work and close cooperation with the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Guatemala.
The UK supports the statement made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations rejecting the Guatemalan government’s decision to unilaterally terminate the agreement establishing CICIG and calling for the Guatemalan Government to allow CICIG to continue its important work until the completion of its mandate in September this year.
The UK supports the statements made by the G13 donor group and the EU, and calls on the Government of Guatemala to respect the rule of law and the importance of strong, independent institutions, which are vital for ensuring security and prosperity.”
Iván Velásquez, a spokesperson for the CICIG, said:
“Since its establishment in 2007, the CICIG has worked resolutely – in accordance with its mandate, accompanying national institutions – for the identification and dismantling of illegal organizations and clandestine security apparatuses, as well as promoting legal and institutional reforms to prevent their reappearance.”