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Colombia and the National Liberation Army rebels lengthen cease-fire for every week as talks proceed

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Colombia’s authorities and the nation’s largest remaining insurgent group introduced Monday they are going to lengthen their present cease-fire by one week, whereas delegates from each side who’re assembly in Cuba proceed to debate insurance policies that would safe an extended lasting truce.

In a joint assertion, the federal government and the National Liberation Army mentioned they are going to abide by the situations of the present cease-fire, which started in August and was set to run out Monday evening.

The present cease-fire settlement says that each side is not going to assault one another, and that one of many objectives of the cease-fire is to “improve the humanitarian situation” of communities affected by preventing.

However, there aren’t any provisions within the present cease-fire that cease the rebels from kidnapping civilians for ransom or from recruiting minors, two practices which have continued to happen within the final months.

The rebels in the meantime have complained that through the present cease-fire, the army has launched operations in areas beneath their management.

In Monday’s joint assertion, each side mentioned they are going to proceed to debate methods to “strengthen” the cease-fire.

Colombia’s authorities has been urgent the rebels to cease kidnappings. But the group has requested the federal government for alternate methods to finance their operations, and have mentioned that they are going to solely cease kidnappings as a part of a brand new cease-fire settlement.

In October, the cease-fire between the federal government and the ELN entered a vital second when a bunch of rebels kidnapped the dad and mom of Luis Diaz, one in all Colombia’s most well-known soccer gamers. Diaz’s mom was shortly rescued by police. While his father was launched 12 days later, after quite a few protests and mediation efforts.

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