Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colombian army launches attack on ELN rebels ahead of peace talks

The Colombian army says it has killed a rebel from the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and arrested four others in the northern province of Casanare.

The attack was launched 10 days before the beginning of peace talks between the government and the Marxist rebels.

There is no indication that either side will declare a ceasefire until considerable progress has been made.

During talks with another rebel group, the FARC, the government refused to stop fighting until a deal was done.

Twenty-four ELN rebels agreed to demobilise in Casanare and rejoin civil society, Colombia's Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The operation targeted the rebel group's public order and financial wing, the authorities informed.

The ELN and the Colombian government have agreed to open formal negotiations in neighbouring Ecuador on 27 October.

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