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The Colombian Minister of Defense maintains that it is too early to talk about a ceasefire with the armed groups

Colombian Defense Minister Ivan Velasquez. – CHEPA BELTRAN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Colombian Minister of Defense, Ivan Velasquez, has indicated that it is still early to talk about a multilateral ceasefire with the armed groups, since there are still no negotiations with any of them, shortly after the president, Gustavo Petro, announced his intention to propose “in a matter of days” the end of hostilities to the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Velasquez explained that at the moment the rapprochements with these groups to carry out a dialogue are in the first trial stage, so it would be “absurd” to speak of a ceasefire when “there is not even a negotiation.”

“It would be absurd to think that the multilateral ceasefire (of fire) is being considered for now. It is an intention. What determines that this intention materializes? Well, the progress made with each of the organizations,” explained Velasquez, as as reported by the RCN station.

Among these illegal organizations, in addition to the ELN guerrillas, are the dissidents of the disappeared FARC -among them Second Marquetalia- and the narco-paramilitary group of the Clan del Golfo, according to various Colombian media.

For the time being, the Minister of Defense has stressed that the Government has ordered the State security forces to fight “relentlessly” these and other armed groups that have been operating in Colombia for four decades now.

In another order of things, Velasquez has reported that talks have already begun with his Venezuelan counterpart, Vladimir Padrino, to restore military relations between the two countries, especially with regard to the porous border they share, hiding place and scene of the skirmishes and criminal operations of several of these groups.

Source: Europa Press

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