The Colombian Government and the ELN Guerrilla Initiated the Public Phase of Peace Dialogues

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Source: Telesur TV / The Dawn News / October 10, 2016

Photo credit: Venezuela's Chancellory
Photo credit: Venezuela’s Chancellery

The dialogue table between the Colombian government and theNational Liberation Army (ELN) will be set in Ecuador next October 27. The ELN, which is the second biggest guerrilla in Colombia, announced this today.

The peace dialogues are expected to begin on November 3. Last March 30, both parts had announced the beginning of negotiations.

The agenda will begin with item 1: the participation of society in the building of peace. This is considered by the ELN as a key element for the success of the process. The liberation of hostages will also be negotiated, and two people are expected to be freed before October 27.

Six countries will act as warrantors of the peace process: Venezuela, Cuba, Chile, Norway, Ecuador and Brazil.

The Colombian government and the ELN have been fighting for 52 years. According to government data, the guerrilla has 2,500 members. The ELN was founded on the ideals of the Cuban revolution and the Theology of Liberation. Several priests fought with them, the most famous one being Camilo Torres. Their current commander is Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias Gabino.

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Commander Gabino

Currently, peace is the main issue in the Colombian public opinion. After the peace agreement between the FARC and the government was rejected by a thin margin in a plebiscite, a part of society has taken to the streets to defend it. This agreement was the result of four years of negotiations.

 

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