Cuba Hosts Key Week in Colombia’s Government-ELN Peace Talks

Bogota, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Havana is welcoming this week the negotiations between the Colombian government and ELN rebels, aimed at achieving a new bilateral ceasefire agreement as a first objective.

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos stressed in this capital that the talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) are going to resume in Cuba ‘to seek to advance as much as possible in that process.’

The Cuban government ratified at the same time on Saturday its willingness to contribute to the continuity of the peace talk between the parties in conflict, the head of the island’s guarantor team, Ivan Mora, said in Havana.

In a joint statement, the government and ELN delegations also stressed that the work of this fifth cycle will remain focused on agreeing a new truce and the design of the participation of the society.

They also expressed the common interest to promote the development of the agenda in order to reach a Framework Agreement.

Cuba’s election as the venue for the talks was celebrated by Colombian social organizations, which highlighted its new contribution to the construction of peace in the South American country.

They also highlighted the experience of the Caribbean country, demonstrated in the negotiation process between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army that led to the signing of a historic Peace Agreement.

The European Union also considered yesterday that the resumption of negotiations in Havana is a ‘step forward’ towards the achievement of a durable and sustainable peace in Colombia.

The current cycle of talks between the Colombian government and ELN was interrupted on April 18, after Ecuador’s President, Lenin Moreno, gave up that his country continues as guarantor of the negotiation table.

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