Venezuela to Host Meeting Between Government and ELN to Address Crises in Peace Talks

Venezuela Holds Extraordinary Meeting to Overcome Dialogue Impasse with ELN

An extraordinary meeting is to be held in Venezuela next week between the Colombian government and the ELN (National Liberation Army) to try and overcome the impasse caused by the announcement of President Petro of a bilateral ceasefire without prior agreement.

In a statement issued this Friday night by the head of the Colombian government’s negotiating team, Otty Patiño, it was said that the government delegation appreciated the hospitality of Venezuela in holding the meeting.

Last Monday, the ELN had said the peace negotiation with the government was in crisis because of Petro’s announcement. Therefore, Tuesday’s meeting is intended to clarify the situation regarding the ceasefire and to adjust communication protocols for future talks.

In addition to the head of the negotation team, Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting will be attended by the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, congressmen María José Pizarro and Iván Cepeda, and the other members of the government negotiation team.

President Petro is pursuing a “total peace” policy, to which he intends to link various armed groups operating in the country, with the ELN being the only one with whom negotiations have been ongoing.

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