New York

12 October 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Colombia

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement that the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) will begin formal negotiations on 27 October, in Quito, Ecuador, following more than two years of exploratory conversations. This is a source of encouragement to the Colombian people and all those involved in supporting a peaceful and comprehensive end to conflict. 

The Secretary-General hopes the Government and the ELN will work with determination to reach a sustainable peace agreement as soon as possible. He commends the governments of Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Norway and Venezuela for accompanying this process.