HAVANA (Reuters) - Joe Biden’s election as U.S. President could help unfreeze peace talks between Colombia’s biggest active rebel group, the Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN), and the Colombian government, ELN leader Pablo Beltran told Reuters on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Pablo Beltran, representative of the delegation of the National Liberation Army (ELN), looks on during a news conference in Havana, Cuba August 2, 2018.
Beltran, head of the ELN peace talks delegation in Havana, said he nonetheless hoped Biden’s backing would provide the necessary impetus to find alternatives to get the ball rolling again.
The United States has been Colombia’s most important ally for decades and backed former President Juan Manuel Santos’ 2016 peace deal with the larger rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
“His fierce position against peace is in decline, and his strong support was Trump but Trump is gone,” Beltran said.
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