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Ecuador: Colombian government and ELN set date for peace talks01:17

Ecuador: Colombian government and ELN set date for peace talks

Ecuador, Quito
January 19, 2017 at 10:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), agreed to begin formal peace talks in Quito, Wednesday.

The official date for the peace talks is set for February 7. Before then, it has been requested that

ELN release former congressman Odin Sanchez Montes in exchange for the pardon of two members of the rebel group.

Deputy Secretary for Care of Immigration Juan Meriguet Martinez said that these decisions will "be accompanied by humanitarian commissions of the guarantor countries, the Catholic Church, the national government and the ELN".

The previous negotiations between the Colombian government and ELN were suspended after the rebel group refused to lay down arms.

Ecuador: Colombian government and ELN set date for peace talks01:17
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The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), agreed to begin formal peace talks in Quito, Wednesday.

The official date for the peace talks is set for February 7. Before then, it has been requested that

ELN release former congressman Odin Sanchez Montes in exchange for the pardon of two members of the rebel group.

Deputy Secretary for Care of Immigration Juan Meriguet Martinez said that these decisions will "be accompanied by humanitarian commissions of the guarantor countries, the Catholic Church, the national government and the ELN".

The previous negotiations between the Colombian government and ELN were suspended after the rebel group refused to lay down arms.