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Colombia paralyzes dialogue with ELN after new guerrilla attacks

Santos orders the return of the team of negotiators gathered in Quito to evaluate the future of the process

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Colombia paralyzes dialogue with ELN after new guerrilla attacks

The Colombian government has frozen dialogue with guerrillas of National Liberation Army (ELN) on Wednesday after this organization reattacked at end of a 101-day ceasefire yesterday. The negotiators of executive of Juan Manuel Santos and of insurgent group, most active in country after demobilization of FARC, were gared in Quito, capital of Ecuador, to try to renew that agreement. At end of truce, guerrillas committed a new attack against a pipeline of Ecopetrol, Colombia's first oil company. The President, in a televised intervention, referred to "terrorist attacks on civilians, armed forces and infrastructure."

"The National government," Santos continued, "was always ready to extend ceasefire with that organization and negotiate a new one." "We have made this known for several weeks and we have reiterated it in last few days, to respond affirmatively to request of Episcopal Conference, United Nations, friendly countries and hundreds of civil society organizations. Inexplicably ELN not only refused, but it resumed its terrorist attacks this morning, just day that new cycle of negotiations had to begin, "denounced president, who ordered team in charge of dialogue to return from Ecuador. "In this situation I have spoken with head of government delegation in Quito to return immediately to assess future of process."

Santos, who signed peace with FARC, also said that this morning he arranged for Armed Forces to act "forcefully to respond to this aggression and to protect life and honor of Colombians, as is ir constitutional duty." "My commitment to peace has been and will be unwavering. But peace is reached with will and concrete facts of peace. Not just words, "settled president.


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