The High Commissioner for Peace called on Eln and FARC dissidents to end the confrontations they are waging in Arauca

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Archive photo. Colombia’s High Commissioner for Peace Danilo Rueda reads a statement during a news conference in Havana, Cuba August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Since the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, an appeal was sent to the armed groups that have been waging hostilities for several weeks. This situation is endangering the life and safety of the communities of the Arauca Department communities, which are caught in the crossfire.

According to disclosed information About 700 people from the municipality of Puerto Rondón (Arauca) remain locked up due to the clashes between the Eln guerrillas and the FARC dissidents. Although this is a situation that has occurred very frequently since January this year, these actions have been registered continuously since mid-September.

“We have heard the noise and fear from the communities of Arauca who are in the midst of armed confrontation between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and FARC Joint Chiefs of Staff units,” said Danilo Rueda, High Commissioner for Peace.

Due to the harassment by both armed groups and the bans they would implement in the region, The daily activities of Puerto Redón and other communities in southern Arauca have been suspended. Which has led to shortages of food, cleaning supplies and a severe impact on workers and the education sector.

Faced with this situation, the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, called on the armed groups to be considerate of the civilian population and stop hostilities.

“Please listen to the people stop using violence among the population and stop the violence in your midst, you are brothers, you are compatriots, we are children of the same country called Colombia,” specified Danilo Rueda.

Recently, the local representatives of the municipalities of Puerto Rendón, Arauquita and Tame (Arauca) filed a public complaint against several Cases of forced recruitment which are happening in these rural areas of the department. This complaint was made public during the session of the Extraordinary and Enlarged Committee on Transitional Justice that was held in Arauca.

According to the representatives as a whole, they would be fifteen minors who were recruited by the ELN guerrillas and by the FARC dissidents. In this regard, Commissioner Danilo Rueda said he understood that they were armed but that it was necessary to stop military action in order to send signs of peace.

The situation that would motivate these two groups to confront would be like that territorial control of the department due to its border location with Venezuela.

We invite you to cease your armed operations at this time. We agreed, we stressed the importance of showing credible gestures and signs to the population so that we can build peace scenarios. We understand they are armed, we understand their motivations, but please stop using them because they affect the population. Listen to the Araucan community,” added the peace commissioner.

What needs to be clarified is what President Gustavo Petro announced earlier this week the resumption of peace talks with the Eln guerrillasDetermination with which this criminal structure is expected to de-escalate the conflict.

On the other hand, the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, announced this on September 28th ten armed groups had unilaterally agreed on a ceasefire, among them were the joint chiefs of staff of the FARC and the second Marquetalia, dissidences that are the protagonists of the confrontations in Arauca.


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