Colombia recalls peace negotiators after ELN attacks

Colombia recalls peace negotiators after ELN attacks

As for the FARC, Arnault said the U.N.is concerned about the reintegration of its 14,000 former combatants into Colombia's economy and social fabric.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Colombia this weekend to support peace efforts amid growing concerns about the integration of the country's largest rebel group and new attacks by the last rebel holdouts.

The ELN and the government have accused each other of violating the truce and the rebels claim government military operations continue in regions where they have camps.

The U.N. mission was also monitoring a three-month temporary cease-fire between the government and the last and smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army, known as the ELN.

Colombia's military and ELN rebels resumed hostilities on Wednesday after failing to agree to an extension of a bilateral ceasefire, in spite of pleas by victims and the worldwide community to maintain a ceasefire. Inexplicably ELN not only refused, but it resumed its terrorist attacks this morning, just day that new cycle of negotiations had to begin, "denounced president, who ordered team in charge of dialogue to return from Ecuador".

He has spoken of his hope to also achieve a peace deal with the ELN before he leaves office later this year, but government negotiators have warned that the diffuse command structure of the ELN makes it harder to negotiate with than the Farc.

According to a statement from the United Nations mission in Colombia, the assistance of the vice president to the special session of the Security Council reaffirms the Bogota government's will with the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

"The government and the ELN should feel the clamour sweeping Colombia demanding peace.because peace isn't for them, but for us, the average people of this country", added the longtime civil rights and peace activist.

"I would like to assure you that the government is not walking away from peace", Naranjo told the council. "We are peacemakers and peacebuilders". Two soldiers were injured in the attack.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres will meet with Santos and other civilian and military officials from the government Saturday and will hold talks with leaders of the FARC, the Roman Catholic Church, civic groups and the United Nations mission.

Colombia reached an historic peace agreement with the nation's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in late 2016, ending Latin America's longest-running conflict. The ceasefire did not continue as reports say the rebels want a new deal with the government.

The ELN, founded by radical Roman Catholic priests in 1964, has sought peace with the government before but made little progress.

The warring parties agreed to continue negotiating a new ceasefire in support of peace talks that began in February past year.

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