Colombia, ELN rebels resume peace talks in Mexico after ceasefire confusion By Reuters


© Reuters. Mexican Overseas Secretary Marcelo Ebrard speaks, as negotiators from Colombia’s authorities and members of the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) insurgent group attend a cycle of peace dialogues, through the Inter-American Convention on Social Safety (CISS) in M


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Colombia’s authorities and the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) insurgent group resumed peace talks in Mexico Metropolis on Monday after a brief halt attributable to a misunderstanding over a mooted ceasefire.

Mexico is without doubt one of the guarantor nations for the talks, together with Norway, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and Chile. The primary spherical of discussions to finish the guerrillas’ half in practically six a long time of battle passed off in Caracas final November.

On New Yr’s Eve, President Gustavo Petro had introduced {that a} ceasefire had been agreed with the ELN and different insurgent teams.

However just a few days later the ELN mentioned it was merely a proposal that had not been agreed to. The federal government blamed the confusion on a misunderstanding of the ELN’s place.

The ELN is Colombia’s oldest remaining insurgent group, based by radical Catholic clergymen in 1964, and the talks are the cornerstone of efforts by leftist Petro – himself a former member of one other rebel group – to deliver “complete peace” to Colombia.

Petro, who took workplace simply over six months in the past, has vowed to barter peace or give up offers with remaining rebels and crime gangs in addition to to completely implement a earlier accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed in 2016.

Negotiations with the ELN underneath earlier administrations faltered on the group’s diffuse chain of command and dissent inside its ranks, although Pablo Beltran, the pinnacle of the ELN delegation, and prime commander Antonio Garcia have mentioned fighters are on board with these talks.

On Monday, leaders of the negotiations on each side mentioned the talks would give attention to a bilateral ceasefire and agreements to get humanitarian support to areas of Colombia most affected by the battle.

“Agreements are to be fulfilled… we now have to supply outcomes,” mentioned Otty Patiño, head of the Colombian authorities delegation.

Beltran gave an outline of the group’s core grievances, together with the long-standing battle on medicine, battle on terrorism, and social inequality.

“The financial system and the state have to be positioned on the service of society,” he mentioned. “That is the principle change for which we battle so that there’s peace with justice.”

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