"The ELN will cease military activities from zero hours on May 25 to twenty-four (hours) on the 29th to contribute to favorable conditions that allow Colombian society to express themselves in the elections," he announced.
The information was disclosed in an editorial titled "Some cease fire and others do not" in the latest edition of its Insurrection magazine, published this Monday, and replicated in the group’s Twitter account. TELESUR
The Colombian government and the National Liberation Army, or ELN, are negotiating the possibility of a ceasefire that would remain in place until after the Aug. 7 general elections, local media are reporting. Carlos Velandia, a former member of the ELN national board and current negotiator in the peace process, told Publimetro that both sides are currently analyzing the proposal of a ceasefire that would continue after the general elections. "There are about 160 days left before the end of this government and we need to guarantee the continuity of the peace process with the ELN," he said. If negotiations resume in the Ecuadorean capital, this would represent the fifth round of peace talks focusing on the participatio n of civil society in the process.Telesur
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said Friday that he has faith in the continuation of both the dialogue and the ceasefire between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN)."I think it is important that the ceasefire be restored and that the talks between the parties continue," said Guterres, who is due to visit Colombia to support the ongoing peace process. Telesur
"A three-month cease-fire—the first in three years of negotiations between the ELN and the government—expired on Jan. 9. While the rebel leadership, which claims around 4,000 fighters, has pledged to carry on with talks, there’s a possibility the rank and file will resume attacks on a vital oil pipeline that runs through Arauca." Bloomberg
"The Cold War ended a quarter of a century ago, and the biggest guerrilla army in the Americas, the FARC, finally handed in it's weapons this year. Yet the FARC's smaller rival, the Marxist-Leninist National Liberation Army, or ELN, is still on a war footing
"The group is currently holding peace talks with the Colombian government in Quito, Ecuador, while fighting off drug gangs encroaching on its territory. Many of the rebels are skeptical that they will be able to reach a lasting peace with Colombia's oligarchy." Bloomberg
An air and ground attack by the Colombian Air Force (FAC) that included bombing an ELN guerrilla camp in the northwest of the country ended with ten deaths and three people captured, the Ministry of Defense reported. [...] The military offensive was carried out in the village of Bejuquillo, jurisdiction of the municipality of Cáceres, in the department of Antioquia, about 370 kilometers northwest of Bogotá.
"My patience and that of the Colombian people has its limits, therefore I have taken the decision to suspend the installation of the fifth cycle of talks that was scheduled for the next few days, until I see consistency on the part of the ELN," said Santos, who added that it is "very hurtful" to have to utter those words. Semana
The Colombian rebel group ELN has resumed its attacks after a cease-fire ends -- MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Colombia’s fragile peace was shaken on Wednesday as the National Liberation Army, a guerrilla group known as the ELN, attacked a military base and an oil pipeline just hours after a 102-day cease-fire ended, the government said. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Bogota: Colombia’s leftist ELN rebels said on Sunday they are willing to extend a ceasefire set to expire next month if there is sufficient progress at peace talks with the government. The National Liberation Army (ELN) and the government have been in public peace talks in Quito for ten months, after a long exploratory phase of negotiations, in a bid to end more than 53 years of war. [...] “We are willing to agree a new ceasefire once we have jointly evaluated at the negotiating table the progress, confidence and results of the current one,” the group said in an open letter to the UN posted on the ELN‘s Twitter account. Reuters
Several FARC members have been in Manta Ecuador since Saturday in meetings with ELN representatives heading the peace talks with the government. The meetings seek ito share FARC experiences in negotiating the agreements and explain to them the status of the process of implementing them. Other topics that will be discussed during three days are the bilateral ceasefire between ELN and the Government, the reincorporation of members of FARC, the status of the dialogue agenda and citizen participation. Confidencial Colombia