Havana, 12 December. Cuba on Monday welcomed the agreements reached by the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas at the end of the first round of talks within the framework of peace talks.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez wrote on his Twitter profile, “Cuba welcomes the agreements reached by the Colombian government and the delegations of the ELN in the first round of peace talks.”
The foreign minister also affirmed that Cuba reaffirms its “irrevocable commitment to peace in our sister nation” as a guarantor country in the peace negotiation process.
Cuba played an important role in the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, being one of the guarantor countries and host of the talks during the four years.
These talks ended on 24 November 2016 with the signing of a peace agreement between the Bogota government headed by Juan Manuel Santos and the rebels.
This Monday, a delegation of the Colombian government and ELN for peace talks kicked off the first round of talks in Caracas.
The parties announced a partial emergency care agreement that would begin in January 2023 for the cities of Bajo Calima, Valle del Cauca and Choco.
They also agreed to address the humanitarian emergency for a group of ELN political prisoners affected by the prison crisis in Colombia, and announced that since last August 7, the rebel group had released 20 people, including civilians and members of the public force that they were stopped.
Mexico will host a second round of talks between the Colombian government and the ELN, which will resume next January.
Talks between the Colombian government and the ELN had been halted since 2018 by order of the Andean country’s then-president, Ivan Duque, who was replaced as acting head last August by leftist Gustavo Petro, who then urged him to resume talks. had decided. victory in the presidential election.