By James Blears
In a statement the ELN blames the Colombian Government and more specifically President Ivan Duque, for a lack of a tangible response to its ceasefire olive branch declaration on March 30th. The truce ends on Mayday. It says Government representatives showed little or no enthusiasm for revamping the peace talks, which were taking place in Havana, Cuba. There`s now an issue of how the ELN negotiators are going to gain safe passage home.
UN Special Envoy Carlos Ruiz Massieu, is appealing directly to the ELN, to further extend, rather than scrap the ceasefire, as a gesture of goodwill. Thus far it's held.
The ELN, which was founded in 1964, is the largest remaining hostile guerrilla group, still waging war against the Colombian Government. The larger, more numerous and more powerful Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...the FARC, signed a peace agreement in 2016, and has since evolved into a political party.