Wed. Oct 5th, 2022

United Nations (EFE) .- The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced this Thursday that in a few days a multilateral cease-fire will be considered with several armed groups that have approached the government in its “complete peace” project.

“A public issue will also be raised in a few days, the possibility of a multilateral cease-fire that will mark the beginning of an end to the violence in Colombia,” Petro said in a press statement in New York, where he is visiting. Participation in the United Nations General Assembly.

The ceasefire involves several groups that have contacted the government in recent weeks, the president said, but did not elaborate on which ones or how many.

“It will involve all those who want a negotiated process with the Colombian justice system to dismantle criminal organizations. What we are proposing is an end to hostilities, to death, to a cease-fire,” the president elaborated before heading to the airport to fly back to Colombia.

Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia.

Multilateral ceasefire

Since he became president on August 7, Petro has embarked on a path of dialogue with various armed groups to achieve a peace deal or bring him to justice.

The first steps took place in Havana, where a delegation of the Colombian government sat down again with representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) to resume talks stalled for four years due to Ivan Duque’s conflict with the former executive. Because the guerrillas have never stopped their activities, carrying out attacks, kidnappings and other crimes.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro addresses the United Nations General Assembly. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

In addition, last week, a delegation of the Colombian government and former FARC dissidents “central activists” held an “exploratory meeting” in the southern department of Caquetá to assess the possibility of starting a dialogue within another “complete framework. Peace’, which precisely includes this bilateral ceasefire. will do

Petro then announced that he had started “a dialogue” with this group that brought together most of the fronts that had either left or never reached the peace agreement, with the exception of the second Mercatalia led by Luciano Marin Arango, aka “Ivan Marquez”. A much smaller group.

If confirmed, the multilateral ceasefire would be the first major step towards ending the conflict since a peace deal with the FARC was signed in 2016 and talks with the ELN stalled in 2018, after the last major attack in Colombia. On January 17, 2019, at the General Santander Police Cadet School in Bogotá, which killed 23 people and injured about a hundred.

Web version: Natalia Vargas

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