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Colombia: Rebels Target Oil Pipelines After Ceasefire Ends

13 January 2018

Despite the allegation, there is no claim about the bombings by the guerrilla group.

ELN rebels have started their attacks on oil pipelines and authorities just hours after the ceasefire ended. The two sides were planning to have talks in Ecuador next week but it looks like that will be cancelled.

Santos responded shortly afterward by recalling his chief negotiator from Quito, Ecuador, where talks had been scheduled...

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres will meet with Santos and other civilian and military officials from the government Saturday and will hold talks with leaders of the FARC, the Roman Catholic Church, civic groups and the United Nations mission. The government said the attack led to the suspension of operations. While the FARC peace agreement is credited with paving the way toward negotiations with the ELN, analysts say peace talks with ELN rebels also present distinct challenges.

His trip was announced Wednesday as the Security Council was meeting to discuss the United Nations mission in Colombia monitoring the 2016 cease-fire agreement that ended more than a half century of conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest rebel group known as the FARC. The first attack left two soldiers injured.

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"The National Government was always willing to extend the ceasefire with that organization and negotiates a new one".

The attacks threaten future negotiations for peace but the negotiator of the group said the attacks happened in complex situations of war.

The government has also deployed 2,000 troops to Nariño's important port city of Tumaco to quell the fighting following the ceasefire. He added that they're seeking a response from the government to see if it is interested in finding a way out of this incident.

"I would like to assure you that the government is not walking away from peace", Colombian Vice President Oscar Naranjo told the council. The government in turn vowed to improve conditions for jailed rebels as well as boost protections for leftist activists in areas dominated by the ELN.

The FARC has launched a political party called the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force that will field candidates in upcoming parliamentary elections in March.

Colombia: Rebels Target Oil Pipelines After Ceasefire Ends