Building peace in Colombia

Brigadier General Álvaro Pico Malaver

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

“And as paradoxical as it may seem, one of the functions of my unit is to protect the leaders of the FARC. Today we lend such protection to those we sought before, to those we fought before, to those we considered enemies before, and I can tell you that it is possible… reconciliation is possible.”

Brigadier General Pico Malaver of the Colombian National Police spoke about his 33-year career working in the police force, his experiences living through years of conflict and his involvement in the peace talks in Havana with FARC. BG Pico Malaver was keen to emphasize that reconciliation is possible, no matter what the circumstances might be.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Brigadier General Álvaro Pico Malaver

Brigadier General

Álvaro is a Brigadier General of the National Police of Colombia and the Head of the Police Unit for Peacebuilding (UNIPEP). He is part of the governmental delegation in the peace negotiations with the ELN in Quito, Ecuador, and was part of the technical sub-commission for the peace negotiations with the FARC-EP in Havana, Cuba. He has a Bachelor's degree in administrations and criminalistics, is a specialist in security and human resources management with a diploma in the administration of justice and diligence of identification as well as in the management of public security. He was the Director of Interpol Colombia, Director of Schools of the Police, and Director of the General Santander School and Commander of the Metropolitan Police of Cúcuta.