The ELN negotiating team rejected this Saturday the criticism of the Colombian government, which accuses the guerrillas of hindering peace with the FARC, a truce that the Iván Duque administration itself wants to “tear to shreds,” the insurgent group said in a statement. referred to the EFE Agency.RELATED
“It is not the ELN who intervenes in the implementation of the agreements with the FARC and hinders the desired peace”, because Colombia and the international community are witnesses to the plan to “tear peace” that this third government of (former President Álvaro) is executing ) Uribe “, indicates the text dated in Havana.
The guerrillas reacted to a statement from the Colombian Foreign Ministry, which denied on Friday that it had facilitated the inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries that “do not fully cooperate” in the fight against terrorism, and accused the ELN of hindering its own peace talks. and the implementation of the pact with the FARC.
The Colombian Executive recalled the attack on January 17, 2019, against the Santander General School, in which more than 60 people were also wounded, a “terrorist act” recognized by the guerrilla Central Command, which caused the definitive breakdown of the dialogue by the Government.
Peace negotiations between the Executive and the National Liberation Army (ELN) formally began in February 2017 in Ecuador, and in May 2018 they were transferred to Havana where the last round of talks concluded without progress in early August of that year.
After the dialogue ended, the Colombian government demanded that the insurgents return to Cuba, to which the island refuses to defend under the terms of the pact signed by the previous government of Juan Manuel Santos in the event of a halt in the talks.
This refusal is the main argument adduced by the United States last May to include Cuba in its list of countries that do not cooperate in the fight against terrorism, a document from which the island had emerged in 2015 within the fleeting “thaw” with the United States. USA
In their message this Saturday, the ELN negotiators assure that Cuba and the guarantor countries of the process at the moment have not affirmed that the team that remains in Havana has been “dedicated to efforts other than peace.”
“When the talks do not resume, the protocol that establishes the safe return to our camps must be applied, an agreement that the Government denies, arguing that (President Iván) Duque did not sign it,” said the guerrillas, who on numerous occasions have asked for the return to the negotiating table.
Cuba and Colombia are going through a delicate moment in their bilateral relations today, after the sweet moment that was the signing in 2016 of a historic peace agreement between Bogotá and the FARC, created during four years of peace talks held in Havana.