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The Colombian government and the ELN held an extraordinary meeting in Caracas

The peace delegations of the Government of Colombia and of the National Liberation Army (ELN) resumed their talks in Caracasin an extraordinary meeting that seeks to put an end to recent disagreements on whether or not to cease violence, the guerrillas informed EFE on Wednesday.

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Although the meeting had been announced by the ELN for this Wednesday, the source confirmed that its delegation and seven negotiators from Gustavo Petro’s Executive held, in the presence of the guarantors of the dialogue, a first meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the Venezuelan capital.

This extraordinary meeting -he explained- will continue this Wednesday and is expected to last until the weekend, when a joint declaration is expected.

Until now, the agenda for this meeting is private, although it is known that the delegations met this week in Caracas to improve the climate for the second cycle of talks, initially scheduled for February and to take place in Mexico.

Both parties confirmed their arrival in Caracas on Tuesday through Twitter, where the Colombian ambassador to Venezuela, Armando Benedetti, opted for the achievement of a “real and lasting peace.”

Likewise, the ELN delegation reported, on the same social network, that its members were “ready for the meeting” to “overcome the crisis generated” by the bilateral ceasefire announced by Petro, without consulting that guerrilla.

According to the ELN, the declaration of a bilateral ceasefire for six months, released on December 31, was not consulted or agreed upon at the Caracas dialogue table, which caused a crisis.

However, the Government of the Andean country assures that there is no crisis and that it is a situation that must be overcome.

Source: Elcomercio

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