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The National Liberation Army seeks to avoid armed clashes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Liberation Army (ELN) Thursday requested Colombia's President Ivan Duque continue to negotiate a bilateral ceasefire and expressed its willingness to avoid armed clashes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Although the government froze conversations, we always keep channels open. They have to step in, sit down, and talk. There is an urgent need for a ceasefire," the ELN negotiating team head Israel Ramirez said.
He also stressed that the Duque administration should not treat paramilitary groups as if they were "private armies."
Previously, in the Catatumbo region, a Colombian army commander said it was necessary "to deploy hitmen" to eliminate the Colombian guerrilla.