Monday, October 10, 2016

Colombia And The ELN Rebel Group To Announce The Start Of Peace Talks

Peace talks between ELN and Colombian government announced in March but have been delayed by rebels’ continued kidnappings and infrastructure attacks. Photograph: Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

Reuters: Colombia to announce peace talks with ELN rebels: sources

Colombia's government and second-biggest rebel group will on Monday announce the start of peace talks, sources said, in what would be a boost for President Juan Manuel Santos after the rejection of his deal with the larger FARC guerrilla group.

The negotiations with the 2,000-strong National Liberation Army (ELN) will be confirmed by representatives of both sides at a news conference in Venezuela scheduled for this evening, two government sources told Reuters.

The talks are then expected to take place in Ecuador.

The Colombian government and the ELN will make an announcement at 2000 EST in Caracas, the governments of Venezuela and Colombia said in a statement on Monday.

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Update: Colombia’s government and ELN rebels to announce date for peace talks on Monday: Report (Colombia Reports)

WNU Editor: With the recent rejection of the Colombia - FARC peace agreement by the electorate I am surprised that they are still going to go ahead with these talks. But if these talks could at least maintain some semblance of a ceasefire .... I would consider it as a small victory.

1 comment:

Jay Farquharson said...

The Obama administration went ahead with a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year despite warnings from some officials that the United States could be implicated in war crimes for supporting a Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, according to government documents and the accounts of current and former officials.<<

As for the Columbia deal, the post vote breakdown showed that the Columbians who were most affected by the War, voted for the deal, those who were untouched by the War or had made money off it, voted against the deal.

Going forward with the ELN increases the chances the deal with the FARC holds, referendum or not.