Tomorrow, January 12, dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional) in Quito, Ecuador resumes.
The Archbishop of Cali, His Exc. Mgr. Darío de Jesús Monsalve
Mejía, member of the Catholic Church Commission who is following the
dialogue between the government and ELN has proposed the application of
the International Humanitarian Law in order to move forward with
The proposal was made by the Archbishop because the situation on the eve
of the meeting, is still tense becuase the guerrillas have not released
former MP Odín Sanchez, seized in April last year.
The release of
Sánchez had been considered by the Government the minimum condition to
officially open the negotiating table.
Despite this, the government
expressed its availability for tomorrow's meeting, but has not expressed
itself on the proposals to bring.
The Church is closely following the negotiations.
Mgr. Monsalve Mejia
also suggested that the venue of the dialogue is to be moved from Quito
to a location in Colombia, for reasons of logistics and proximity
because the presidential elections will be held in February in Ecuador.