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UNIC Bogotá

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.