May 9 (teleSUR) The fifth round of talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) will resume Thursday in Havana, Cuba.
The talks will now be following in the footsteps of the peace negotiations with the now-disarmed Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which also took place in Cuba.
The ELN negotiations had previously been taking place in Quito, Ecuador, however, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno recently announced that he would be ending his country’s role as mediator following border tensions with Colombia.
The process is resuming only 20 days before Colombia’s hotly contested presidential elections, in which the right-wing Ivan Duque of former president Alvaro Uribe’s party is leading in polls. Senator Ivan Cepeda, among others, has emphasized that the next government must continue dialogues and the peace processes with the ELN and FARC.
While progressive candidate Gustavo Petro has been a long-time advocate of peace, Ivan Duque and his party have opposed the peace process with both armed groups every step of the way.
ELN leaders have said that they are ready to move forward with peace and hope to renegotiate a ceasefire with the government of President Juan Manuel Santosupon arrival in Havana.