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A possible peace process with the ELN in Colombia

The National Liberation Army (ELN), a Colombian guerrilla organisation, has tried to negotiate with various Colombian governments for 30 years, always unsuccessfully. Currently (August 2013) the Colombian government is involved in formal negotiation in Cuba with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, with Norway and Cuba acting as guarantors of the process. Since these negotiations started ELN leaders have increased their statements and interviews expressing a desire to start talks with the government. At the end of 2012 initial meetings were held in Cuba, but no agreement was reached to start talks. In what remains of 2013 it is very likely that the ELN and the Colombian government will try another approach, especially since the FARC has expressed its desire for government-ELN talks to take place.

Last modified: 12.09.2013

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