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Five kidnapped by the ELN guerrillas are released in the Colombian region of Magdalena Medio

A group of five kidnapped by the guerrillas of National Liberation Army (ELN) since last May 13 in a rural area of ​​the Colombian region of medium cupcake (center) was released, the Ombudsman’s Office reported on Thursday.

As indicated by the defensethese people are “in good health”, but they are going to be taken “to care centers so that their physical conditions can be assessed”.

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The release of the five people who were in the power of the THE N was carried out within the framework of a humanitarian mission between the Catholic Church and the Ombudsmanwho assured that they have “Humanitarian channels are open for the return to freedom” of those who are kidnapped by illegal armed groups.

“We reiterate to the illegal armed groups the importance of keeping the civilian population out of their actions and of advancing in gestures that allow progress in the dialogue with the current Government to advance in the peace that we all yearn for”insisted the ombudsman, Carlos Camargo.

According to the early warnings published by that body, Yondó constitutes a “risk scenario” due to the dispute between the paramilitaries. Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), also known as Clan del Golfo; the ELN and other organized crime groups to control the productive chain of drug trafficking.

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On May 25, the negotiators of the Government and the THE N announced the extension of the third cycle of peace talks until June 8 (ten days more than expected).

This announcement came almost two weeks after the guerrillas put the negotiations on “pause” due to statements by the Colombian president, Gustavo Petroin which he assured that the “raison d’être” of the ELN is currently the “illicit economies.”

One of the items on the agenda in Havana is to agree to a bilateral ceasefire, an agreement that could not be reached in the two previous rounds of talks.

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Source: Elcomercio

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