The Colombian authorities and the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) rebel group on Tuesday introduced the restart of peace negotiations, after a three-year hiatus.
The announcement was made at a joint press convention of high ELN management and a staff of negotiators representing the Colombian authorities in Caracas, Venezuela.
Venezuela is without doubt one of the guarantor international locations within the negotiation course of, which was launched over six years in the past however halted in 2019 by former Colombian president Ivan Duque.
His successor, Gustavo Petro, has made restarting peace negotiations a precedence in his authorities since taking workplace in August.
United Nations Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres hailed the announcement, in accordance with a press release by spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, and thanked Venezuela alongside Cuba and Norway for facilitating the method.
“(Guterres) urges each events to completely seize this chance to convey an finish to a lethal battle that has lasted for many years, and whose decision is essential for increasing the scope of peace within the nation. He notes positively the settlement of the events to construct their talks on the inspiration of progress in earlier negotiations, in addition to the significance they connect to the participation of civil society within the constructing of peace,” Dujarric mentioned.
“The Secretary-Normal is hopeful that Colombians can exhibit as soon as once more that even probably the most entrenched conflicts will be resolved by means of dialogue,” he added.
Final month, Colombia and Venezuela reestablished diplomatic relations after greater than two years, aiming partially to renew talks with guerrilla forces that management massive elements of territory throughout the Colombian and Venezuelan border.
The ELN is without doubt one of the largest guerrilla forces nonetheless energetic within the area. Born as a Marxist rebel power within the Sixties, the group funds its actions by means of kidnapping, extortion and involvement within the narcotics commerce.
Lately, the ELN has expanded operations in southern Venezuela, the place it controls unlawful mining operations.