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Colombia rebels open to talks with new president


Colombia’s Gustavo Petro of the Historic Pact coalition exhibits his poll earlier than casting his vote at a polling station in the course of the second spherical of the presidential election in Bogota, Colombia June 19, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

BOGOTA — Colombian leftist guerrilla group the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) is open to advancing peace talks with the incoming authorities of President-elect Gustavo Petro, it stated on Monday, and known as for reforms to sort out social exclusion and inequality.

Leftist Petro and his vice president-elect, Francia Marquez, received 50.4% of the vote in Sunday’s election.

“The ELN stays lively in its combat and political and army resistance, but in addition its disposition to advance in a peace course of to additional talks which began in Quito in February 2017,” the ELN stated in a press release.

Petro, who takes workplace on Aug. 7, has pledged to completely implement the 2016 peace cope with the previous Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group and to hunt talks with the still-active ELN rebels.

The incoming president, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla group, has known as for a fast negotiation with the ELN, and has additionally advised making use of the 2016 peace cope with the demobilized FARC to these combatants who reject the settlement and shaped dissident teams.

If Petro promotes modifications to beat political violence and develops plans for employment and entrepreneurship, agrarian reform, and continuity of the peace course of, amongst others, he may have standard assist, the ELN stated. The group known as for increasing financial inclusion for Colombia’s marginalized communities.

Peace talks between earlier governments and the ELN — which is accused of financing itself with kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking and unlawful mining — didn’t advance because of the group’s radical positions, a diffuse chain of command and dissent in its ranks.

The ELN, which has some 2,400 fighters, started peace talks with the earlier authorities of former President Juan Manuel Santos, however negotiations fell aside after a automotive bombing in Bogota, whereas present President Ivan Duque demanded that the group launch all its hostages.

The ELN, based by radical Roman Catholic clergymen in 1964, is extensively thought-about to be much less centrally managed than FARC was.

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