The peace delegations of the Colombian Government and the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) reported this Saturday, from Caracaswhich will discuss the possibility of a bilateral ceasefire as of February 13, when it will start in Mexico the second cycle of the dialogue that began in Venezuela last November.
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“In said cycle, the issue of the participation of society in the construction of peace will be addressed. Simultaneously, they will begin to discuss and agree on a bilateral ceasefire.”says the joint declaration read at the end of an extraordinary meeting that was held to resolve differences on the use or not of violence during the negotiations.
The parties, the letter continues, “they appreciate the understanding of the media for respecting the confidentiality that is required on some issues and their willingness to disseminate the achievements, scope and overcoming difficulties” in this process.
Likewise, the dialogue table has underlined “the frankness and depth of the discussion process” and agreed “maintain the communication mechanisms during the periods in which it is not meeting”.
Table “values all proposals, criticisms, suggestions, demands and initiatives from Colombian society for a good development of this process”add the statement.
The representatives of the Government and the guerrillas arrived in Caracas on Tuesday in search of a “lasting peace” that would allow to overcome the crisis caused after President Gustavo Petro announced a bilateral ceasefire that was denied days later by the ELN.
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