Government of Colombia and ELN will set up a dialogue

Government of Colombia and ELN will set up a dialogue table in Venezuela | News

Delegations of the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) set up this Monday a dialogue table in Caracas, Venezuela, with a view to advancing a peace process.

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In this way, the parties will restart the peace negotiation process suspended in 2018 by the then right-wing President Iván Duque, and which presented a boost this year with the coming to power of President Gustavo Petro.

The head of the government negotiating team will be Otty Patiño, a former guerrilla member of the demobilized M-19, and will have the participation of the president of the Colombian Federation of Cattlemen (Fedegan), José Félix Lafourie, who has rejected the actions of the ELN.

The head of the ELN delegation will be Israel Ramírez Pineda, known by the alias Pablo Beltrán. The names of the rest of the members of this part are still unknown.

The dialogue with the ELN was unblocked with the arrival to power of Gustavo Petro last August and since then both parties have maintained contacts with the purpose of resuming the dialogues, with Venezuela, Cuba and Norway as guarantor countries.

The previous Friday, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced the suspension of the arrest warrants issued against the negotiators appointed by the ELN for the peace talks.

The director of the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), Camilo González Posso, mentioned that this is the sixth attempt to negotiate with the ELN in the last 30 years, since 1991 in Tlaxcala (Mexico), until the failed talks in Havana (Cuba) in the Government of Juan Manuel Santos.

“This time there is a new national and international political context, a government that is betting on change with leftist language and at the same time with a national majority demanding total peace,” the analyst commented in a video presented on the account. Indepaz official on Twitter.

“So that’s what turns expectation into hope,” he stressed.