Colombian Prelate Urges a Govt-ELN Humanitarian Deal
Bogota, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Monsignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve called on today for the creation of a comprehensive commission made up of international experts to evaluate the adoption and implementation of a humanitarian agreement between the Colombian government and the insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN).
In statements to Caracol Radio, the archbishop of Cali urged both sides to make decisions about the course of the peace process with that other guerrilla, less numerous than the FARC-EP but has been equally active for more than 50 years.
Earlier, the prelate asked to seek substantive solutions to the issue of those detained by the ELN and the pardons of guerrillas requested from the executive by the rebel group, based on a solid legal basis.
Since March 30, government and ELN spokesmen have announced their determination to start official dialogues in Quito, Ecuador, starting with a six-point agenda.
Shortly afterward President Juan Manuel Santos conditioned its beginning to the liberation of the former Congressman Odín Sánchez, detained by that organization that has rejected any prerequisite to the announced talks.
Such a disagreement keeps the negotiations stalled, however, next Thursday the spokesmen of the two delegations will meet again in Ecuador.
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