“We encourage you to benefit from the magic, mysticism and hope that Cuba all the time gives,” mentioned Cuba’s International Minister Bruno Rodríguez, welcoming Colombia’s authorities officers and a delegation of the ELN to the capital Havana.
Pablo Beltrán, the rebels’ chief negotiator, mentioned the ELN is dedicated to a “transformation” to realize peace and known as the assembly a “historic coincidence” to achieve a bilateral cease-fire.
Tuesday’s assembly was marked by a shock look of Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias Gabino, who led the ELN from the Nineteen Nineties till 2021, when he left citing well being causes.
Additionally in attendance had been Colombian senators Iván Cepeda and María José Pizarro, who mentioned the talks search to search out “actual options for a rustic overwhelmed by six many years of battle.”
Petro has mentioned that peace talks with the ELN are a cornerstone of his plan to carry “complete peace” to the nation of fifty million individuals, the place some rural areas are nonetheless underneath the grip of drug gangs and insurgent teams regardless of a 2016 peace deal with the bigger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.