Colombia’s ELN Announces New Ceasefire, Credits Cuba’s Role in Promoting Peace

In the editorial, the ELN Central Command alluded to its negotiations with the Colombian government in Havana.

Bogota, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) declared today a new unilateral ceasefire in the context of the second round of the presidential elections, scheduled for June 17.

‘We have decided to decree a new suspension of our military operations, from 0:00 on Friday, June 15 to 24:00 on Tuesday 19 to facilitate the participation of Colombians in the elections,’ the guerrillas announced in its digital publication Voces.

In the editorial, the ELN Central Command alluded to its negotiations with the Colombian government in Havana.

In this regard, it said that its counterpart ‘only needs the political will to implement the two agreements on participation and a bilateral, temporary and national ceasefire’.

In relation to the electoral contest, the insurgent force reports under the primacy of the ultra-right, under the leadership of former president Alvaro Uribe, they have been reunited, supporting the candidacy of Ivan Duque, ‘all the parties of the dominant regime’.

At the same time, it means that the ELN guerilla has taken a different option from the establishment, despite all the distortions of our electoral system, the persistence of violence, media power and the control of the ruling classes’.

This marks a special historical moment and distorts the political landscape, which for decades has remained unchanged in Colombia, the ELN comments.

It also considers that, regardless of the outcome of the elections of June 17, Colombia will benefit from the consolidation of an alternative political force dedicated to promoting democratization and peace.

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