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Colombia ordered the detention of 10 ELN negotiators in Cuba

19 January 2019 11:57 AM
Updated January 19, 2019 at 12:31

After the car bomb that killed 21 people, the Colombian government announced that it has reactivated the arrest warrants of the 10 negotiators that the National Liberation Army (ELN) has at Havana.

The announcement was made by President Iván Duque in a message to the nation Friday night, after his government held the armed group responsible for Thursday's attack in a police school in Bogotá.

The president also asked the Cuban government to hand over the guerrilla delegates to submit to the Colombian judicial system.

"I ordered the lifting of the suspension of the arrest warrants of the 10 members of the ELN and I revoked the resolution that created the conditions that would have allowed their stay in Cuba".

Duque added that this measure also entails the activation of the Interpol red circulars for guerrilla negotiators.

However, the Colombian president did not say whether the table of peace negotiations between guerrillas and his government was dissolved.


The dialogues between the two parties have been stagnant for months, as the Duque government has conditioned its reintegration to the release of all the kidnapped ELNs and the total cessation of the attacks.

The table of peace negotiations with the guerrillas was established at the beginning of 2017.

One of the concessions made by the government of Juan Manuel Santos to start a dialogue was to suspend the arrest warrants of the 10 ELN negotiators who had settled in Havana, a measure that has been in place since Friday.

Earlier, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero accused the armed group of the attack with a car bomb at a police school in Bogotá.

The authorities of this country point out that the guerrillas are behind the attack because they claim that the driver of the exploded vehicle was a member of one of the ELN's fronts.

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