Guatemala is pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and people close to President Jimmy Morales.

Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel announced the decision Monday after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 

There was no immediate response from the U.N. Before the announcement, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres continues to support the commission’s work.

Morales has sought to end the commission known as CICIG, which has investigated Morales’ son and his brother. They deny accusations of corruption.

Morales refused to renew CICIG’s mandate last year and has barred its chief from returning to Guatemala from a business trip.

A commission member was detained at an airport after arriving Saturday.

Colombian national Yilen Osorio, a member of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), center, is embraced after entering to Guatemala at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)
Colombian national Yilen Osorio, a member of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), center, is embraced after entering to Guatemala at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

Source: The Associated Press

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