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Colombia's ELN guerrillas write back to civil society

08-03-2011 14:08 BJT

BOGOTA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua)-- Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group has resumed correspondence with representatives of the civil society in a bid to end the country's decades-old armed conflict.

Moreover, the National Liberation Army (ELN) said it has more than once expressed the willingness to unconditionally engage in peace talks with the government, according to a letter written to former senator Piedad Cordoba and the civil group Colombian Men and Women for Peace by ELN leader Nicolas Rodriguez Bautista.

"We finally agree with you that a dialogue between the government and the guerrillas is the most advisable, so that is why we are trying to carry it out," Rodriguez said in the letter, which was made public on Tuesday.

He also said the ELN respects international humanitarian laws and that any ELN member who violated them would be sanctioned in accordance with the group's own rules.

Last month, Cordoba and Colombian Men and Women for Peace wrote to the ELN and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), respectively, proposing exchange of letters.

The former senator, who has helped free at least 20 hostages held by the FARC, said in the letters that correspondence between the civil society and the guerrilla groups would open a channel for discussing important issues that would finally lead to peace in Colombia.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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