The announcement by the FARC yesterday of an indefinite unilateral ceasefire is a welcome development. Its effective implementation will contribute to the momentum of the Havana negotiations and help build trust between parties and with the Colombian people. We hope the negotiators will now press ahead to reach an early comprehensive agreement, which would open the way to a full armistice.
The EU recalls its constant support to the Havana negotiations, which offer a unique opportunity to put an end to 50 years of human suffering and to step up efforts to build a more peaceful and inclusive Colombia.
On this occasion, the EU also calls on the ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional) to renounce violence and take concrete steps towards peace.