Delegation of the European Union to Colombia

Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement of a bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the ELN in Quito

Bruxelles, 05/09/2017 - 22:31, UNIQUE ID: 170905_31
Statements by the Spokesperson

A significant step forward in the Colombian peace process and towards the end of conflict

Today's announcement of a bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN), and the specific commitments made by both parties, is a significant step forward in the Colombian peace process and towards the end of conflict. 

 
The EU has repeatedly denounced the ELN's use of kidnapping, violence, attacks on civilian infrastructure, the recruitment of minors and the use of anti-personnel mines.  We firmly hope that this ceasefire will put an end to these actions and ensure respect for human rights and humanitarian law.
 
We strongly encourage the parties to intensify efforts to put in place the necessary protocols for the ceasefire, so that it can take effect as soon as possible, as well as to reach agreement on a final peace accord to ensure a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.  
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