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Colombia closes temporary truce with rebels ELN

Colombia closes temporary truce with rebels ELN

The Colombian government has set a temporary cease-fire signed with rebel group ELN. The agreement lasts for 102 days.

President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the news Monday, after ELN the file had been announced. “The priority is to protect civilians,” says Santos in a speech on television.

According to the catholic ELN, the agreement is closed because of the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia later this week.

ELN is arranged olieplatformen and is behind several kidnappings. In June, the Dutch journalist Derk Bolt and his cameraman Eugenio Follender of the program without a trace, kidnapped by the guerrilla movement. After a few days the duo released.

Last week, the ELN itself that the movement in april, a Russian man doodschoot, when he tried to escape. Arsen Voskanyan was in november kidnapped. He would, according to a commander of the marxist ELN in the Colombian jungle in search of poisonous frogs.

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ELN was founded in 1964 and was since last year with the government in a dialogue about a ceasefire. It is the first time that the ELN and the government a truce close.

In 2016 ditch Colombia peace with the rebellengroepering FARC. Santos received the Nobel prize for Peace.

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