The Colombian president confirms what was indicated by the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada, who noted that none of those indicated are part of the national government
File photo. Colombian President Gustavo Petro attends a press conference at the Presidency headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Luisa González
The alleged sexual harassment by national government delegates at the27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) continues to generate reactions. After making known the version of the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada , the President of the Republic himself, Gustavo Petro, came out to speak on the subject and mentioned that it would all be a slander to discredit the Colombian government, since he confirmed that none of the accused is part of the delegation, nor administration.
“This is a slander. The presidency has no delegates. And the people who were accused are not from the presidency, nor are they public officials,” the president wrote on his official Twitter account, who in turn shared a story from one of the national media where the subject was referred to.
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Likewise, the Minister of the Interior shared the president's pronouncement and noted that this Sunday a space will be opened to clarify all the doubts that have been generated around the issue: “Tomorrow I will expand the informationand I will give details that will allow them to clearly understand that the people accused of alleged harassment are not delegates of the presidency or officials who traveled in the presidential delegation,” wrote the national government official.
For his part, the senator of the Historical Pact, Gustavo Bolívar, asked the president to reveal the identity of the people involved in the scandal: “It is good to know the names, to dispel doubts. Zero tolerance for bullying, of any kind.”
In addition, the left-wing politician added: “UNTIL THE MEDIA UNDERSTAND: Colombian attendees at COP27 accused of sexual harassment do not work in the Presidency, nor are they part of Pte Petro's team; they do not work in the Presidency, nor are they part of the Pte Petro's team do not work in the Presidency, nor are they part of it.”
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Internet users also pointed out some criticism, including that the Foreign Ministry must correct the information in the statement it has on its website, where it states: “The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in the framework of the 27th Conference of the Parties that is being held in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), has informed the Government of Colombia about the complaint against two members of the official delegation of the country in this event, for alleged sexual harassment”.
Added they wrote in reaction to the president's words: “So who were Mr. President? Because they were with the presidential entourage and we want to know who they were”, “Mr. President, the Foreign Ministry does not say that”, “Who were they? Why don't they give names”, “Aha and then? Who do I believe?”
The president's reaction goes hand in hand with what was mentioned by Prado, who had indicated on networks: “I confirm that the COP27 Secretariat requested the Foreign Ministry to suspend accreditation of 2 people registered in the Colombian delegation, made up of 201 people including government officials, civil society, businessmen and representatives of other branches of power. The accusations are not related to government officials, let alone members of the presidential delegation. Any information to the contrary is defamatory (sic).”