Petro arrives in Cuba to close the dialogue table with the ELN | News

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The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, arrived on Thursday night in Havana, Cuba, to attend this Friday the closing of the third cycle of peace negotiations between his government and the National Liberation Army (ELN).


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Petro arrived in the capital of the Caribbean nation, which acts as the rotating venue for the talks and as the guarantor country of the process, around 10:00 p.m. local time (02:00 GMT on Friday).

Petro's presence gives a historical meaning to the closing ceremony, since it is the first time that the Colombian president has accompanied the formal closing of a round of dialogue, which has raised expectations regarding what was agreed.

The Government of the South American nation announced that the ceasefire will be the key point of this agreement.

As announced by the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, Iván Danilo, it is expected that the ceasefire will be for the entire national sphere and that it will have, in a first phase, a duration of six months.

These peace talks began in November 2022 in Caracas, Venezuela, and continued in Mexico City this past February-March.

The third round began on May 2 in the Cuban capital. Previously, the parties made it known that they would examine the bilateral ceasefire, humanitarian relief and the participation of civil society in the peace process, among other substantive issues.

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