The National Liberation Army (ELN) has proposed to the Colombian government a bilateral ceasefire on the basis of the COVID-19 health emergency, to which President Iván Duque has responded with a new rejection. demand that the guerrillas “put an end to their criminal acts”.
The ELN, which had already issued a unilateral ceasefire in April that ended due to the “belligerent” position of the executive, submitted a new offer to Duque for a 90-day bilateral ceasefire. The group’s central command, according to the RCN radio station, has responded to the United Nations’ call for a global ceasefire “to help combat COVID-19 in the most vulnerable countries.”
Duque, who has ruled out a possible peace dialogue with armed groups if they do not renounce violence, has responded to the latest ELN offer on Twitter to make it clear that the government “will never fulfill its constitutional duty to fight crime” in the whole area. “
“The ELN is a terrorist organization that has been flogging the country with barbarism for decades. Colombia is demanding that they release the kidnapped and end their criminal activities,” he said, repeating the two great demands he has made since he took power has every possible approach.
The last peace dialogue with the ELN, which began in February 2017 with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, ended two years later with Duque in the presidency after the guerrilla attack against a cadet school in Bogotá. who left 22 dead and about 90 wounded.