Colombia: ELN Ceasefire Negotiations Resume in Quito

1/9/2018

The ceasefire agreement, known as the Bilateral, Temporary and National Ceasefire Agreement, is set to expire Jan. 9.

The Colombian government and representatives of the National Liberation Army, ELN, are meeting in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito to renew their September ceasefire.

The ceasefire agreement, known as the Bilateral, Temporary and National Ceasefire Agreement, is set to expire Jan. 9. It was reached several months ago in Quito. The Colombian government delegation is headed by the country’s former vice president, Gustavo Bell.

He's accompanied by political science professors and experts on the decades-long armed conflict in Colombia, Angelika Rettberg and Socorro Ramirez, as well as Colombian military generals Freddy Padilla and Carlos Rojas. Also assisting in the negotiations are diplomat Jose Noe Rios and Alejandro Reyes Lozano from the country’s High Commission for Peace.

For its part, the ELN will be represented by Bernardo Tellez and Nicolas Rodriguez Bautista, among others.

This latest round of ELN-government ceasefire talks has gained the attention and support of over 150 businesses, activists, academics, artists, union leaders and victims of Colombia’s conflict who, along with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, signed a letter urging negotiators to “continue to dialogue ... and to do whatever it takes, but don’t leave space for a war.”

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