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Colombia to Restart Talks With ELN Rebels as Petro Seeks ‘Total Peace’

  • Negotiations will start next month with UN, Catholic mediators
  • Previous talks collapsed after ELN bombed police academy
National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas patrol the waters of the San Juan River near a remote village in Choco Department, Colombia, in 2017.
National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas patrol the waters of the San Juan River near a remote village in Choco Department, Colombia, in 2017.Photographer: Ivan Valencia/Bloomberg

Colombia is restarting talks with Latin America’s largest remaining guerrilla group as President Gustavo Petro seeks “total peace” by persuading dozens of illegal armed factions to lay down their arms. 

Talks between the Marxist National Liberation Army, or ELN, and the Colombian government will begin in mid-November, according to a statement read Tuesday at an event in Caracas, Venezuela, which was attended by leaders from both sides.