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Colombia's ELN guerrillas to hold ceasefire during legislative elections


By Reuters

Petroleumworld 02 27 2018

Colombia's ELN rebels will hold a four-day unilateral ceasefire as the country votes in legislative elections next month, the group said in a statement on Monday.

The government suspended peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in January, after the end of the two sides' first-ever bilateral ceasefire, when the guerrillas restarted attacks on security forces and pipelines.

“As a gesture of respect for Colombians who are voting, the National Liberation Army will halt offensive military operations between 9 and 13 March,” the statement, posted on the group's website, said.

Legislative elections take place on Mar. 11, ahead of presidential voting in May.

The rebels urged President Juan Manuel Santos to set a date to re-start talks, adding the next cycle of negotiations should be focused on agreeing a new bilateral ceasefire.

Santos has said talks will not begin again until the ELN's actions match its words. Eight police officers were killed and more than forty people wounded in the latest wave of guerrilla attacks.

The Cano Limon pipeline has been halted for more than six weeks because of bombings attributed to the 2,000-strong ELN, which was founded by radical Roman Catholic priests in 1964.


Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb from Reuters.
02 26 2018

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