Colombia: “experimental” ceasefire with ELN

Colombia’s government announced April 18 an “experimental” cease-fire with the National Liberation Army (ELN) following talks in Havana. “The president has asked me to accept the ELN’s experimental and temporary cease-fire proposal,” Colombian peace negotiator Luis Carlos Restrepo told reporters. But Restrepo added that the government is still demanding that the ELN concentrate its fighters in a geographic area as part of any longterm peace accord. Chief ELN negotiator Pablo Beltran said earlier in the week the group was willing to temporarily halt attacks, but that to gather its fighters in one place would be “suicide.” (Reuters, April 18)

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