The ELN chief referred to the crisis at the negotiating table and assured that the guerrillas are willing to find solutions
The armed group and the national government will meet on January 18 in Caracas together with the guarantor countries to finalize an agreement regarding the possibility of a bilateral termination
Alias Antonio García spoke about the crisis that is being experienced between the government led by Gustavo Petro and the ELN guerrilla.
Since the beginning of 2023, there has been a crisis in terms of communication that the national government has the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army –ELN– . It all started with the declarations of President Gustavo Petro where he assured that like other armed groups, the guerrillas would join a bilateral cessation ; however, the same group came out to deny what was stated by the president. After the exchange of information, many sectors point out that the dialogues may break down, despite this, the ELN commander, Antonio García, spoke on his social networks and made some clarifications regarding the issue.
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The guerrilla assured from his official Twitter account that there is indeed a crisis within the table due to what he mentions as the breach of procedures by the new administration, but he closes by stating the intention of the criminal group to reach an agreement and proceed with the process.
“There is a crisis in the Table because procedures were not complied with and an alleged agreement that did not exist was made public. Mistakes and crises are not bad, they show that we are human and we make mistakes. Therefore, the error must be recognized and rectified,” stated one of the ELN negotiators.
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In this sense, and based on the existing willingness to continue advancing and correcting the errors of the parties, he asked the representatives of the State to admit their error, since he assumes that the guerrillas did not has made no mistake in that process.
“The ELNIt has not made that mistake, it would not be good to let that mistake by the government go by, it is necessary to make it see and rectify. It is not an ELN strategy at all, much less are we seeking to collect accounts”, stated Antonio García, adding: “We are going to review what happened at the Roundtable in the presence of Guarantors and Permanent Companions. We have the maturity to analyze what happened and resume the path agreed upon in December. In the next few days we will hold the Extraordinary Meeting, we trust that it will turn out well”.
Twitter thread where alias Antonio García clarified the crisis at the negotiating table between the government and the ELN
The statements by the leader of the armed group came after the announcement of the emergency meeting between the parts that will take place in Caracas, Venezuela. Let us remember that before the clash between the members of the table, it had been planned that the next cycle of negotiations would take place in Mexico; however, until the information exchange is made clear, the agenda will not be given the green light as planned.
Given the many news about the ceasefire in the country, the National Army would not know how to proceed “I did not know what to do. Whether to go out and fight them or ask them for a card,” said a uniformed officer from the National Army
According to the news Noticias Caracol, as representatives of the Government The high commissioner for peace, Danilo Rueda; the leader of the negotiation, Otty Patiño, and congressmen María José Pizarro and Iván Cepeda. Also attending Nigeria Rentería, José Félix Lafaurie and Olva Silva. From the ELN, Israel Ramírez Pineda and alias Pablo Beltrán will attend. The meeting place will be the Humboldt Hotel, the same place that hosted the first cycle of dialogues.
“The government delegation appreciates the hospitality of Venezuela to hold a meeting extraordinary meeting with the ELN delegation during the next week. The second cycle will begin in Mexico in mid-February,” the government said in a statement released by the senator of the Historical Pact, Iván Cepeda.