October 10, 2016 23:36:33 CDT
Delegations of the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army guerrilla group (ELN) announced in Caracas, Monday October 10, the installation of the public phase of the negotiations and agreed to start them on October 27 in Quito, Ecuador, which was greeted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.
The Declaration of the Chancellery of the island considers this agreement as a result of talks held in recent months, in which Cuba participated as Guarantor, "it represents a new step forward in efforts to achieve peace in Colombia."
As ratified by the National Government and the ELN, the largest of the Antilles will be one of the countries that will act as Guarantor and Headquarters of the negotiating table, and Minrex has now reiterated "the commitment of Cuba to the end of the armed conflict and building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia ", which" will continue to contribute in every possible way, at the request of the parties, the achievement of a final agreement between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army. "
In the announcement by the Colombian parties it arises that the agenda of talks will begin with point 1. Participation of society in building peace; additionally, they will work on sub-point 5f. Dynamics and humanitarian actions.
The third paragraph agreed and informed Monday in Caracas will begin the process of release of the abducted / retained, with two cases before 27 October. In addition, each party shall, from that date, take "other humanitarian actions and dynamics to create a favourable environment for peace."
The Colombian government and the ELN thanked the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the hospitality for the conduct of meetings that have led to this agreement, and the other guarantor countries Ecuador, Cuba, Chile, Norway and Brazil, for accompaniment and support in the search for peace.
The announcement by the Colombian parties is signed by the head of the government delegation Eduardo Herrera Berbel and Jose Noe Rios and Julian Arevalo; and for the National Liberation Army signed Pablo Beltran, head of delegation, and Aureliano Carbonel, Gustavo Martinez, Bernardo Tellez and Consuelo Tapias.
In Caracas, also signed the representatives of the Governments committed to the negotiations: Ramon Rodriguez Chacin and Carola Martinez (Venezuela); Juan Meriguet (Ecuador); Rodolfo Benitez Verson and Abel Garcia (Cuba); Raul Vergara Meneses and Luis Maira (Chile); Torleif Kveim (Kingdom of Norway); and José Solla (Brazil).
Translated by ESTI