“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as a guarantor country, clarifies its invariable commitment to peace in Colombia and in all of our America,” said the Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, in relation to the arrival of the Delegation of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional ( National Liberation Army – ELN) to resume talks with the Government of Colombia.
Through a message posted on her account on the Twitter social network, @delcyrodriguezv, Rodríguez welcomed compliance with the protocols agreed between the Government of Colombia and the ELN;
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela welcomes compliance with the protocols agreed between the government of the Republic of Colombia and the National Liberation Army for the safe and guaranteed return of the peace delegation that remained in Cuba”.
– Delcy Rodríguez (@delcyrodriguezv) October 3, 2022
Hours earlier, the ELN reported in a statement that, “with the support of the guarantor countries: the Republic of Cuba, the Kingdom of Norway and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Dialogue Delegation has returned safely and with guarantees”.
In the text, the ELN asserted that the return of its representatives occurs after more than four years of non-compliance by the Colombian State, with the commitment assumed with the Protocol signed in April 2016.
It should be noted that in August, Colombian president Gustavo Petro re-established dialogue with the ELN and just four days after his inauguration, a government delegation traveled to Cuba to establish contacts with the ELN leadership, with the aim of advancing towards peace negotiations. The Colombian delegation is led by Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva.
The goal is to resume the last talks that began in 2017 with that guerrilla force, during the government of Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) in Quito, and which were later transferred to Havana.