Colombia and Nationwide Liberation Military lengthen bilateral ceasefire for six months – JURIST

The Colombian authorities and the insurgent Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) Tuesday agreed to increase their landmark truce for 180 days. The truce, known as the Bilateral, Nationwide and Non permanent Ceasefire, was previously extended by one week on January 30 2024, whereas all sides continued ongoing peace talks. Along with the extension, the peace course of is being financed by a number of donors.

The renewal of the ceasefire concluded in Cuba after the primary spherical of negotiations passed off in Venezuela and the second spherical in Mexico Metropolis. Colombia’s High Commission for Peace says that the Dialogues for Peace between the federal government and ELN ended with five agreements and two protocols. As a part of the settlement, the federal government agreed to fund the ceasefire to be able to forestall the ELN from persevering with kidnapping, drug trafficking, and unlawful mining to acquire funds. The truce kinds a part of President Gustavo Petro’s plan for “total peace” with armed teams within the nation.

The ELN is at the moment Colombia’s final lively far-left guerilla group. It first took up arms in opposition to the Colombian state in 1964, making the battle ongoing for nearly 60 years. The ELN was shaped initially as a leftist motion by college students who have been impressed by the Cuban Revolution. The ELN, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), claimed to combat for the rights of the poor. The battle is rooted in social inequality and political tensions.

Worldwide Disaster Group has commented that the six-month bilateral ceasefire, if profitable, will mark the “longest bilateral ceasefire ever concluded with a guerrilla group.”

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