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The United Nations Special Representative for Colombia welcomed the ELN's announcement.
On Monday, the National Liberation Army (ELN) announced that it will carry out a unilateral ceasefire in the remainder of the year so as to contribute to the development of peace negotiations in Colombia.
“We keep our commitment to continue contributing to the creation of a better environment for peace this Christmas and New Year. For this reason, we decree a unilateral ceasefire that will be in effect from 6:00 am on Dec. 24 until 6:00 am on January 2,” the ELN said.
Nevertheless, this organization pointed out that the unilateral ceasefire will only apply to state military and police forces. The ELN reserves the right to defend itself if attacked.
Carlos Ruiz Massieu, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Colombia and head of the UN Verification Mission, expects that the ELN announcement will help alleviate the communities' suffering and improve their humanitarian situation.
"The current peace process shepherded by Petro enjoys significant domestic support among Colombians — providing it with the potential for success where so many previous negotiations have fallen short," our @stevehege writes. https://t.co/NQHR9UPcX0