A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson today (1 October) issued the following statement on the ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the ELN:
Germany – together with Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – welcomes that today (1 October) the agreement on a bilateral temporary ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) will enter into force. We, the five members of the Group of Countries for the Support, Accompaniment and Cooperation of the Negotiating Table (GPAAC) in Quito, congratulate the negotiating teams for this important achievement and we expect the ceasefire to improve especially the humanitarian situation of the civilian population.
For the regions of Colombia most affected by armed violence the ceasefire provides the opportunity to engage their societies in the peace process. GPAAC calls on both parties to strictly comply with its terms, thus confirming their willingness to reach full and lasting peace in Colombia.
GPAAC welcomes the support of the United Nations and the Catholic Church for the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. As GPAAC members, we confirm our readiness to further support and accompany the peace negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the ELN.