"The peace talks between our government and the ELN are officially resumed from Caracas, together with the guarantor countries of Venezuela, Cuba and Norway," Colombian President Gustavo Petro tweeted.
This announcement was accompanied by an official statement in which the parties specified that the new peace talks would recognize the agreements made since the signing of an agenda established on March 30, 2016.
The new peace process will formally begin from the first week of November, specifies the statement signed by Colombia's High Commissioner for Peace Ivan Danilo Rueda and ELN commanders Antonio Garcia and Pablo Beltran.
“For the government of Colombia and the ELN, the participation of society in this process is essential,” the signatories said, thanking the guarantor countries and the two special guests: the United Nations Verification Mission and the Catholic Church.
Norway congratulates the decision of the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, ELN, on reassuming formal negotiations.
This is an important step towards peace in Colombia.
On Tuesday, through an official statement, the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed that Colombia had lifted the arrest warrants against the members of the ELN Peace Delegation.
Previously, in January 2019, the then President Ivan Duque decided to conclude the peace talks that Colombia had been conducting for years in Havana, Cuba. Subsequently, he requested the extradition of the negotiators and notified them to INTERPOL.
The Duque administration's actions broke the peace process that Colombian society had been demanding for decades. Now, however, hope is being reborn, as evidenced by the adherence of Latin American countries to the new peace talks.
"Cuba supports the announcement made today in Caracas by the representatives of the Colombian government and the ELN," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted.
Colombia's Foreign Minister, Alvaro Leyva, confirmed the resumption of a peace dialogue between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian State in statements from Havana. pic.twitter.com/SsPD4azYD6