On Wednesday, a group of fourteen members of the Colombian House opposition called on President Iván Duque to stop armed confrontations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) and to restart peace talks.
The opposition believes that ending the hostilities with the guerrillas would provide a new opportunity to restart negotiations that the government has abandoned following the ELN attack on a police cadet school in Bogotá, which killed more than one person wanted to injure twenty people and a hundred more.
The request comes after President Duque rejected a new ELN offer to stop attacks bilaterally while Colombia is facing the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ELN is a terrorist organization that has been flogging the country with barbarism for decades. Colombia demands that they release the kidnapped and end their crimes,” Duque said, insisting on meeting these two points for a possible approach.