Ecuador is making “efforts” to return representatives of the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) to the negotiating table, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said today.
“We are making all the diplomatic efforts so that the two parties can sit down again at the table so that the peace talks can be resumed,” the minister told the media after an accountability meeting with the heads of other portfolios.
Espinosa was consulted by the fifth cycle of negotiations between both parties, which was due to begin in January and remained on hold after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, suspended the return of his delegation after several attacks attributed to that guerrilla.
The head of Ecuadorian diplomacy said that “there is a political decision by President Santos,” and that the resumption of dialogue, which Quito has hosted since February 2017, has been “one of the issues that our presidents have discussed in the cabinet binacional de Pereira “(Colombia), held last week. “We hope conditions will be favorable, and that we can restart the fifth cycle of talks here in Ecuador as a permanent headquarters,” concluded. (I)