Havana_ The representative of the delegation of the National Liberation Army (ELN) for peace talks, Pablo Beltran, ratified here today the will to promote negotiations with Colombia''s government without prior conditions, Prensa Latina reports.

We are willing to continue working on the construction of agreements based on the prepared agenda, and to make adjustments in the future, as long as they are agreed by both parties, Beltran said.


His declarations follow the conditions recently imposed on the ELN by the new President, Ivan Duque, to continue the peace negotiations.

The demands of the executive include the concentration of guerrilla units in a certain area and with international verification, the release of all the kidnapped, and agreeing on a precise time in which the talks will take place.

In response, the formation raised to the government the need to change the logic of the negotiations, under the premise that the agreements are born of common lines between the parties, not unilateral demands, stressed Beltran.

On pending common tasks, he said that talks on the bilateral ceasefire should be resumed, and the participation of society in the design of the peace process and the country's destiny.

In last August, the parties concluded in this capital the sixth cycle without the concretion of the mentioned points, although they expressed their satisfaction for what they had done and ratified their will to continue, for the sake of achieving total peace in a friendly, just and progressive environment.

The public talks between the ELN and Colombia's government began in February 2017 in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, but they were moved to Havana when the Ecuadorian President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew his country as guarantor and headquarters of the peace process in last April.

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