Colombian leftist guerrilla group the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) on Monday declared a nine-day unilateral ceasefire over the Christmas interval, as a part of a bid to assist peace talks with the Andean nation’s authorities, which urged different unlawful armed teams to comply with go well with.
Colombia’s authorities and the ELN final week accomplished the primary cycle of peace talks between the 2 events in Venezuela’s capital Caracas.
The negotiations look to finish the insurgent group’s half in Colombia’s inside battle, which has run for nearly six many years and left at the least 450,000 lifeless between 1985 and 2018.
“The ELN stays dedicated to proceed contributing to create a greater atmosphere of peace on these Christmas and New Yr dates, subsequently we decree a unilateral ceasefire from 6 a.m. (1100 GMT) on Dec. 24, 2022 till 6 a.m. on Jan. 2 of 2023,” a girl member of the ELN stated in a televised assertion whereas flanked by different guerrillas, who brandished rifles.
The unilateral ceasefire will solely apply to Colombia’s navy and police, the ELN stated in a recorded assertion, including it reserves the precise to defend itself if attacked.
The ELN typically clashes with rival teams such because the Clan del Golfo and dissident members of the now-demobilized FARC guerrillas, who reject a 2016 peace take care of the Colombian state.
The declaration was praised by officers and politicians.
“I salute the ELN’s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire throughout the Christmas interval that I belief will contribute to alleviate struggling and enhance communities’ humanitarian state of affairs,” Carlos Ruiz Massieu, the particular consultant of the U.N. Secretary Normal for Colombia, stated in a message on Twitter.
Following the announcement, Colombia’s authorities known as on different armed teams additionally to name a ceasefire.
“We take this chance to ship a message to all of the violent teams which can be working within the nation, in order that hopefully they’ll decide up on this outcry from the folks,” Inside Minister Alfonso Prada instructed reporters.