Secretary-General welcomes Colombia peace talks with ELN rebelsListen /
The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the launch of formal peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the ELN rebel group, also known as the National Liberation Army.
António Guterres issued a statement through his spokesperson on Wednesday after the two parties met in Ecuador's capital, Quito.
The left-wing ELN rebel group is the second largest in the country.
Jocelyne Sambira has the details.
In the talks with the ELN rebel group, the Government seeks an agreement similar to the one reached last year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), to end a five decade-long conflict.
Resolving the conflict is essential to achieving a comprehensive peace in Colombia, to saving lives and advancing sustainable development across the country, the Secretary-General's statement read.
António Guterres noted the commitment of the parties to listen to the voice of the communities affected by the conflict.
The UN chief also commended Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Norway and Venezuela for their commitment as guarantors, as well as the other accompanying and supporting countries.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.