Switzerland – together with Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden –
welcomes the agreement on a bilateral temporary ceasefire between the
Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) which has
entered into force on Sunday. The five states that are members of the
“Group of Countries for the Support, Accompaniment and Cooperation of
the Negotiating Table” in Quito (GPAAC) congratulate the negotiating
teams for this important achievement. They expect the ceasefire to
improve especially the humanitarian situation of the civilian population.
For the regions of Colombia most affected by armed violence the
ceasefire provides many opportunities, especially a broader
participation in the peace process of all parts of society. GPAAC
calls on both parties to strictly comply with the terms of the
ceasefire, thus confirming their willingness to reach full and lasting
peace in Colombia.
GPAAC welcomes the support of the United Nations and the Catholic
Church for the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. As GPAAC
members, we confirm our readiness to further support and accompany the
Peace Negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the ELN.
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