In their communique, the paramilitary group denounced the lack of response in resources and action by the state concerning the virus spreading.
The National Liberation Army (ELN) announced a unilateral ceasefire in Colombia for the month of April. This is a humanitarian gesture by the organization facing the diffiult situation caused by Covid-19 in the South American nation.
In the communique, the paramilitary group denounced the lack of response in resources and action by the state concerning the virus spreading. It also criticizes Colombian President Ivan Duque for taking advantage of the situation to militarize the country.
The organization also refers to the crisis in the prison system due to government mismanagement and the social crisis because of the lack of resources for the population.
The ELN calls on the Colombian President to reestablish dialogue with his delegates in Cuba to agree on a bilateral and temporary cessation of hostilities. ELN requests guarantor countries’ presence.
The leftist organization expressed other demands, such as the release of political prisoners, the provision of free tests to confirm the infection and that "health must return to be an inalienable right,of obligatory coverage by the State", among others.
A través de este comunicado, la guerrilla del Ejército de liberación Nacional, ELN en Colombia, anuncia cese unilateral por 1mes y propone al gobierno de Ivan Duque, retomar los dialosgos con sus delegados en Cuba para acordar un cese bilateral y temporal.@teleSURtv @L_teleSUR pic.twitter.com/tgHbDxxYgo— Hernán Tobar (@HernanTeleSUR) March 30, 2020
ELN emphasizes that the ceasefire is active, since "we reserve the right to defend ourselves against the attacks announced by the regular troops, paramilitaries and the state forces of the drug trafficking gangs throughout the country.
Last Saturday, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the international body verification mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, asked the country's armed groups to implement a ceasefire during the health emergency caused by the coronavirus 2019.