“We will put our offensive operations on standby from Dec. 23rd, 2018 to Jan. 3rd, 2019 to contribute to the creation of an atmosphere of tranquility during Christmas and the New Year,” the ELN stated.
Meanwhile, President Ivan Duque has shown distrust towards the cease-fire. The regime alleges that although the insurgent group will scale down its activities, they will continue to carry out illicit activities.
The ELN and the government of Colombia began peace talks in Quito, Ecuador, during the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos last year.
Since then, the ELN has been consistently supporting peace but without giving into what it considers to be the current government’s unilateral demands which are in violation of the accord currently on the negotiating table.
Duque has not had similar progress with the ELN as Santo’s had in leading negotiations toward a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and eventually ending a 50-year struggle which led to the FARC becoming a political party.