In addition to supporting a UN Development Programme initiative aimed at improving human rights of trade unionists and the development of positive labour relations in Colombia, we are waiting for a revised proposal from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on reconciliation and arbitration.
We will consider the merits of that proposal at the appropriate time. I had the pleasure of meeting Colombian trade unionists during my recent visit to Bogota. The Government strongly believe in the legitimate and important role that trade unions play in civil society. We therefore continue to monitor labour relations in Colombia closely, raising concerns with the Colombian Government as necessary.