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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