Government, ELN rebels to enter fourth round of peace talks in Quito

Government, ELN rebels to enter fourth round of peace talks in Quito

The Colombian government will commence a fourth round of peace negotiations today with the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional guerrilla group. Last month,

The fourth round of negotiations between Colombia’s government and ELN rebels

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The Colombian government will commence a fourth round of peace negotiations today with the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional guerrilla group.

Last month, the ELN struck a three-month ceasefire with the government which included commitments to cease extortion, recruitment minors and infrastructure sabotage. For its part, the government pledged to improve jail conditions and protection for left-wing activists.

Both parties will today discuss what mechanisms will be used to consult with Colombia’s society more generally. Popular approval is crucial to a successful deal and is politically invaluable. Last year’s FARC peace deal was rejected in a referendum that provided fodder for the opposition, which is seeking to mobilise votes ahead of next year’s presidential election.

But societal participation is the first step of a complicated six-point agenda in peace negotiations.  As such, expect discussions to progress slowly.

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