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ELN warns peace negotiations stalled after unilateral announcement

Tuesday, January 10th 2023 - 09:59 UTC
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The Petro Government announced Dec. 31, a truce that constituted a “unilateral” imposition that harmed dialogue, the ELN argued The Petro Government announced Dec. 31, a truce that constituted a “unilateral” imposition that harmed dialogue, the ELN argued

Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas said Monday that peace talks with the leftwing government of President Gustavo Petro were stalled, with disagreements standing in the way. The group underlined that in last week's communiqué it had warned that a bilateral ceasefire was still to be discussed.

”As the government does not comply with the discussion processes of the (negotiating) table and takes unilateral measures and makes them public, these procedures put the development of the table in crisis,“ the ELN said in a new communiqué released Monday.

The Petro Government had announced on Dec. 31, a truce that constituted a ”unilateral“ imposition that harmed dialogue. The ELN insisted Monday that the peace negotiation was in crisis after such an announcement which was not agreed upon in the dialogues taking place in Caracas.

”The ELN cannot accept as bilateral a unilateral decision of the government, which does not abide by the formality of the Table as the agreed space to reach understandings and violates the procedures of not disseminating to public opinion what is not of consensus. Therefore, this decree does not commit the ELN,“ the armed group said Monday.

After the first round of negotiations took place in Caracas and a second one is slated to happen on Jan. 20 in Mexico, the ELN underlined it was not among the other rebel forces with which the Petro administration had accorded a six-month truce, forcing the government to repeal the decree halting military and police operations.

”This government measure respects neither the themes nor the procedures that were agreed upon in the first cycle [of talks],“ the ELN insisted Monday while warning that before the Mexico talks it was ”necessary to deal with the latest events“ so that ”unilateral actions outside the [negotiating] Table“ do not happen again.

”If in these peace dialogues participatory processes are implemented in the search for consensus, (it) will allow the country to have stability and prosperity; but, if the intention is to impose unilateral measures and more war, uncertainty and instability are generated, deepening the crisis we are living,” the ELN said.

Petro has been pursuing a total peace policy through negotiations with all the armed groups operating in the country. So far, only the ELN has agreed to open up talks.

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