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Ecuador: Colombian govt and ELN rebels restart peace talks in Ecuador01:43

Ecuador: Colombian govt and ELN rebels restart peace talks in Ecuador

Ecuador, Ruminahui
February 8, 2017 at 03:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), restarted peace talks at a Jesuit retreat in Ruminahui, some 30km (18.6 miles) south of Quito, Tuesday, after previous negotiations were ended without an agreement reached.

Colombia has experienced 53 years of armed conflict with the Marxist-Leninist ELN as one of the main protaganists of the conflict against the Colombian government, along with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The ELN were officially formed in 1964, after inspiration from the Cuban revolution of 1959, with a goal to fight the unequal distribution of land and wealth in the country.

The 'Dialogue for Peace' negotiations are expected to last several months to reach a peace agreement between the two sides.

The FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012.

On September 27, after 52-years of bloody conflict, a 297-page agreement was signed by Colombian President Juan Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez (also known as Timochenko) following almost four years of negotiations.

Ecuador: Colombian govt and ELN rebels restart peace talks in Ecuador01:43
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The Colombian government and the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), restarted peace talks at a Jesuit retreat in Ruminahui, some 30km (18.6 miles) south of Quito, Tuesday, after previous negotiations were ended without an agreement reached.

Colombia has experienced 53 years of armed conflict with the Marxist-Leninist ELN as one of the main protaganists of the conflict against the Colombian government, along with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The ELN were officially formed in 1964, after inspiration from the Cuban revolution of 1959, with a goal to fight the unequal distribution of land and wealth in the country.

The 'Dialogue for Peace' negotiations are expected to last several months to reach a peace agreement between the two sides.

The FARC was officially formed in 1964 after a military attack against the farming community of Marquetalia, which drove activists and fighters into hiding in the mountains and isolated rural areas. Negotiations towards ending armed conflict with the Colombian government have been ongoing since the mid-1980s, with official peace talks re-commencing in 2012.

On September 27, after 52-years of bloody conflict, a 297-page agreement was signed by Colombian President Juan Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez (also known as Timochenko) following almost four years of negotiations.

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