Havana, 10 June 2023 (TDI): In a historical development towards peace, the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) reached crucial agreements.

It received widespread praise and admiration from the international community. The Government of Cuba proudly acknowledged and celebrated this significant milestone. It signifies a step forward in the pursuit of peace and stability in the region.

Successful Agreements and Constructive Dialogue

Under the umbrella of negotiations facilitated by the Cuban government, the Colombian Government and the ELN engaged in constructive dialogue. As a result, they successfully concluded agreements of great importance.

These agreements, achieved through mutual understanding and cooperation, hold the potential to foster lasting peace. This peace has the power to impact the lives of Colombian populations affected by conflict positively.

Furthermore, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said this ceasefire is the result of many years of work and a firm path for the construction of much-needed peace.

Cuba’s Role as a Facilitator

Moreover, the Government of Cuba, renowned for its commitment to peacebuilding and conflict resolution, has played a vital role as a facilitator in the negotiations. Through its diplomatic efforts, Cuba has provided a neutral platform for dialogue.

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It has created an enabling environment for open and constructive discussions. Consequently, the successful outcome of these talks further solidifies Cuba’s standing. It positions Cuba as a trusted partner in peace processes around the world.

Focus on Humanitarian Relief Efforts

A key aspect of the agreements focuses on humanitarian relief efforts. Moreover, these efforts aim to bring much-needed assistance and support to vulnerable communities in Colombia. The commitment to providing humanitarian relief underscores the importance of prioritizing the well-being and welfare of those most affected by the consequences of prolonged conflict. As a result, efforts to alleviate the suffering and address the needs of these communities will be prioritized.

Gratitude and Recognition from the United Nations

Additionally, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also renewed gratitude to the government and people of Cuba for hosting this latest round of negotiations, an unequivocal reflection of its commitment to peace in Columbia.

The President of Columbia, Gustavo Petro, concluded the peace talks with the statement, “This signing of these partial agreements today, which leads you to a ceasefire, to the point that you have never experienced in the Dialogues, to a ceasefire that continues with a promise: on May 25, In 2025, the decades-long war between the ELN and the State of Colombia ceases definitively.”