The UN welcomes the return to dialogue between Colombia and the ELN

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United Nations, Oct. 4 (EFE).- The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Tuesday applauded the announcement of the resumption of peace negotiations by the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army guerrillas (ELN) and offered the organization’s assistance in this process.

António Guterres urged both parties to “fully seize this opportunity to end a deadly decades-long conflict whose resolution is essential to broaden the scope of peace in the country”.

“The Secretary General is convinced that Colombians can once again demonstrate that even the most entrenched conflicts can be resolved through dialogue,” said the Portuguese through a statement by his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

In it, Guterres confirmed that the United Nations stands ready to facilitate any assistance that may be needed in these dialogues and in the implementation of the agreements.

UN Secretary General António Guterres in an archive image.EFE/Mario Villar

The head of the organization highlighted as a positive element that the new negotiations will resume the agreements and advances that had been made previously, as well as the commitment to the participation of civil society.

Guterres also thanked Cuba, Norway and Venezuela for their support for the process and called on the rest of the international community to support it as well.

According to an agreement signed on Tuesday in Venezuela, Colombia and the ELN will resume peace negotiations in November, started in 2017 under the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018), but abandoned in 2019 with the government of Iván Duque after a guerrilla attack on the police academy in Bogota which left 23 dead and around 100 injured.

The UN has already supported the peace process in Colombia with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and has currently deployed a mission to verify certain aspects of this agreement.

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