Statement by the spokesperson on the expiry of the ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the ELN
The cease fire between the Colombian Government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) has expired on 9 January without an agreement for its extension. The EU calls for the talks on its extension to resume swiftly in order to secure the gains made in peace and confidence-building over the past three months. The various attacks perpetrated by the ELN in different parts of Colombia, are unacceptable.
The desire for the continued suspension of military action has been unanimous throughout Colombia. A sustained improvement in the humanitarian situation of communities affected by the conflict can only be realised with a permanent ceasefire.
This opportunity for peace must not be squandered. We expect the ELN to cease its attacks immediately and encourage the parties to resume dialogue, so that a peace agreement is soon reached, which brings not only a permanent bilateral ceasefire, but also security and stability to all Colombians.