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    The Colombian Foreign Minister: “We aspire to resume talks with the ELN to achieve total peace”

    In Havana, Álvaro Leyva Durán expressed his country’s rejection of the description of ‘State promoter of terrorism’ that the administration of then US President Donald Trump foisted on Cuba in 2021.

    The Colombian Foreign Minister, Álvaro Leyva Durán, announced this Thursday, within the framework of his visit to Cuba, the resumption of the peace talks between representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian Government, negotiations that were seen interrupted in 2019 during the administration of the outgoing president, Iván Duque, local media report.

    “We aspire to resume talks with the ELN, in this land of peace, in order to start the path proposed by President Petro to achieve total peace”Leyva affirmed in one of the statements he read in the presence of his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodríguez Padilla.

    He also highlighted the role that Cuba has had for 40 years as a mediator to promote peace between the different actors involved in the armed conflict in Colombia. “Uninterruptedly, Cuba has welcomed Colombian government delegates to its territory and has learned to achieve national peace with groups that have taken up arms,” ​​she said.

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    Leyva Durán stressed that the Caribbean island “was the birthplace of the final peace agreement of 2016 between the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EP, which has been considered an example for the entire world.”

    Additionally, he reiterated that his country rejects the qualification of ‘State promoter of terrorism’, which in 2021 was foisted on the island by the administration of then US President Donald Trump. The Colombian foreign minister affirmed that with this qualification they have tried to “disregard” Cuba’s commitment to the process of “peace in Colombia and the world.” “We are here precisely for the opposite,” he said.

    For his part, Rodríguez Padilla highlighted the speed with which the new government of Gustavo Petro has restarted talks with the ELN, asserting that this measure not only means that there is determination to seek peace in Colombian territory, but also a willingness to strengthen ties between Bogotá and Havana.

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    “The fact that this visit takes place just four days after the inauguration of President Gustavo Petro is highly significant for relaunching and deepening relations between the governments and peoples of Colombia and Cuba, which have deep cultural ties between us. and historical,” said Rodríguez Padilla, thanking Leyva Durán for his request to rule out the designation of the island as a nation that promotes terrorism.

    Lastly, the Cuban foreign minister wrote on his Twitter account that his country will continue “supporting and contributing” to the joint implementation with Norway of the Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP. “Regarding negotiations with the ELN, we see an opportunity to resume dialogue and move towards peace. We will be at the service of what both parties request,” she concluded.

    A delegation from the Government of Colombian President Gustavo Petro traveled to Cuba to start rapprochements with representatives of the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN), with the aim of resuming a possible dialogue. The government delegation is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alvaro Leyvaand also made up of the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace (OACP), Danilo Rueda, and Senator Ivan Cepeda.

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    Source: RT

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