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Colombian government delegation travels to Cuba to negotiate with the ELN

MIAMI, United States. — A delegation from the Colombian government traveled to Cuba this Thursday to reactivate peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), reported the Foreign Minister of the South American country, Álvaro Leyva Durán.

The Colombian official published in social networks a photo of the entourage before leaving for Havana, where representatives of the insurgent group are.

“Total peace is not only national but goes beyond borders. I share a photo taken this morning minutes before leaving for the Republic of Cuba”, said the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Peace of Colombia.


The delegation from the coffee country was received in Havana by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, foreign minister of the Cuban regime.

“I have received the Colombian delegation headed by its Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva, made up of Danilo Rueda, High Commissioner for Peace, and Senator Iván Cepeda, president of the Peace Commission of the Colombian Senate,” Rodríguez Parrilla said in Twitter.

Colombian government delegation travels to Cuba to negotiate with the ELN

Last Monday, the recently inaugurated president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, Indian that his government would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos, under whose mandate the peace negotiations were held with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the ELN itself.

“So far we are in a suspensive points. What is concrete is the desire to continue the processes initiated by the Santos government and enrich them (…) we hope it continues to be a guarantor country in those peace processes that are about to restart,” Petro said about the possibility that Cuba would continue to host the dialogue.

The newly elected president of Colombia has repeatedly insisted that Cuba once again host talks with the rebel groups. so what manifested on July 29 at the end of a meeting held with ambassadors from Latin American countries.

The talks with the Colombian insurgents were suspended during the term of Iván Duque, after the Cuban regime refused to extradite members of the ELN to Colombia after the attack on the General Santander Police Cadet School, a terrorist attack perpetrated on 17 January 2019 by the ELN itself.

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