October 7, 2022

Petro announces it will propose a multilateral ceasefire

United Nations (EFE) – Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro announced on Thursday that a multilateral ceasefire will be considered within days with several armed groups that have approached the government in its “total peace” project.

“In a few days, a public issue will also be raised, the possibility of a multilateral ceasefire that would mark the beginning of the end of violence in Colombia,” Petro said in a statement to media outlets in New York. York, where he visits to participate in the UN General Assembly.

This ceasefire involves several groups who have approached the government in recent weeks, the president said, but he did not provide details on which ones or how many.

“It will involve anyone who wants a negotiation process with the justice system in Colombia to dismantle criminal organizations. What we are proposing is to end hostilities, death, ceasefire,” the president explained before going to the airport to return to Colombia.

Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia.

multilateral ceasefire

Since becoming president on Aug. 7, Petro has engaged in dialogue with various armed groups to reach a peace deal or bring him to trial.

First steps have been taken in Havana, where a delegation from the Colombian government reconvened with representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) to resume talks that had stalled for four years due to clashes with former director Iván Duque and because the guerrillas have never ceased their actions, they carry out attacks, kidnappings and other crimes.

Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

In addition, last week a delegation from the Colombian government and another from the “central staff” of the former FARC dissidents held an “exploratory meeting” in the southern department of Caquetá to “assess the possibility of starting a dialogue within the framework of a total peace’, which would include exactly this bilateral ceasefire.

Petro then announced that he had started a “dialogue” with this group that brings together most of the fronts that have abandoned or never reached the peace agreement, except the Second Marquetalia, commanded by Luciano Marín Arango, alias “Iván Márquez”, who is a much smaller group.

If confirmed, this multilateral ceasefire would be the first major act to end the conflict since peace with the FARC was signed in 2016 and talks with the ELN stalled in 2018, triggering the last major attack in Colombia took place. 17, 2019 at the General Santander Police Cadet School, in Bogotá, killing 23 and injuring nearly a hundred.

Web Edition: Natalia Vargas

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