Colombia: ELN wants to end armed conflicts

The Chief negotiator of Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) has stated that the organization desires to end armed conflicts with the Colombian government and promises to stop all hostage-taking activities.

Speaking to El Espectador Daily on Wednesday, Mr. Pablo Beltran emphasized that ELN wishes to talk with President Juan Manuel Santos’s government about ending the war, and pledged to release 2 hostages, including former senator Odin Sanchez, after the two sides sat at negotiation table. Beltran criticized the government’s impatient and arrogant decision to cancel the kick-off ceremony for peace talks on October 27th in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. The Colombian government blamed its decision on ELN’s failure to free former senator Sanchez, who has been imprisoned for the past 6 months.

Source: VOV5