The National Liberation Army (ELN) ordered to cease offensive actions against the Public Force, within the framework of the peace process that this guerrilla is carrying out with the government of the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro.
In a statement, the ELN indicates that “from 00:00 on July 6, until 00:00 on August 3, 2023, the structures of the National Liberation Army must cease all offensive military actions against the Armed Forces and of Police throughout the national territory, including intelligence actions”.
However, in the text, the guerrilla also indicates that they will remain “activated all Defense and Security devices to respond to threats or attacks by any armed group or establishment against our units or against the civilian population”.
The ELN’s decision, he says, is generated taking into account the bilateral ceasefire agreement with the Colombian government, announced on June 9 in Cuba, in addition to the so-called protocol of specific actions and protocol of the mandate of the monitoring and verification mechanism (MMV).
The Central Command (CoCe) of the ELN also indicated that its peace agency “is empowered as a communication link between the National Government and the National Liberation Army to report on developments that may arise related to the ceasefire.”
The dialogues between the ELN and the government began at the end of 2022 in Venezuelawhere the first cycle of negotiations was advanced, which continued in Mexico in March of this year and continued in Cuba.
President Petro, the first leftist in the history of Colombia, has advanced his goal of achieving the “full peace” in the country as one of the main purposes of his mandate.