Colombia: Rebels Target Oil Pipelines After Ceasefire Ends

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Inexplicably ELN not only refused, but it resumed its terrorist attacks this morning, just day that new cycle of negotiations had to begin, "denounced president, who ordered team in charge of dialogue to return from Ecuador".

The talks are complicated by a lack of confidence between the parties and upcoming votes to elect a new president and congress.

Guterres' visit on Saturday and Sunday is to "support peace efforts" in Colombia, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "My commitment to peace has been and will be unwavering".

"We always said were willing to extend the ceasefire with the ELN". But he said in light of the latest attacks it is "too early to venture a sense of what the future holds in terms of the situation on the ground and at the negotiating table".

During a Security Council meeting to discuss Colombia, Britain and Sweden urged Colombia and the ELN to resume ceasefire talks as quickly as possible.

Representatives of the ELN rebel group announced Tuesday that a ceasefire with the government will end at midnight.

"I'm convinced that the bilateral ceasefire should be extended and hostilities should end" tweeted, the current Colombian presidential candidate, Piedad Cordoba on Wednesday. "I think that our government has demonstrated to the entire world that we, in particular our president, are proponents and champions of peace".

The warring parties agreed to continue negotiating a new ceasefire in support of peace talks that began in February a year ago.

ELN members have said they "aren't giving up on peace", but have sharply criticized the government for not keeping up on its end of the deal to protect social leaders and activists in the rural regions that the Marxist guerrilla group had protected before its disarmament in September.

Under the temporary agreement, the 1,500-member ELN pledged to renounce hostage-taking, recruitment of minors and attacks on infrastructure.

In the agreement between the two sides three months ago, the rebels agreed to stop their attacks while the government promised to improve the conditions of the rebels that are in jail.

ELN guerillas were accused of violating the accord in two separate incidents that left a total of 14 people dead, including an indigenous leader. The ceasefire did not continue as reports say the rebels want a new deal with the government. Unlike the FARC, ELN rebels have a more diffuse hierarchy that would make abiding by the terms of a ceasefire more hard to achieve.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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