Ban welcomes formal talks between Colombia and ELN rebel group
Colombia is set to begin formal negotiations on 27 October in Havana, Cuba, with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army or ELN, the UN has confirmed.
The announcement comes after two years of exploratory negotiations between the left-wing rebel group and the Government.
It also follows the rejection in a vote by the Colombia people of a landmark peace agreement signed between the FARC movement, the country’s oldest and largest rebel group.
Earlier, Jean Arnault, the head of the UN Mission in the country, sat down with Carolina Azevedo in Bogotá to discuss Colombia’s post-plebiscite response.