Gustavo Petro has started his presidency of Colombia amid promises of dialogue, First of all, with the ELN guerrillas, the National Liberation Army, with whom he wants to resume peace negotiations at the same point they left off when the Government of Iván Duque interrupted them four years ago.
The announcement was made within the framework of his first official meeting with Chilean President Gabriel Boric, who has offered to act as guarantor in the peace process.
Regarding the role of Cuba, Petro said that in the coming weeks it will be known whether it will continue to host the negotiations.
But the promises of dialogue by the new Colombian president go further.
“The desire to continue the processes initiated in the Santos Government and enrich them, first by complying with those that were signed, the processes with the FARC. Second, continuing with the interrupted ones, one with the ELN and a very incipient one, which did not settle down, with the Gulf Clanbecause the prosecutor at the time didn’t allow it either,” Petro said.
Chile will be guarantor in the process
Boric has offered to collaborate on “whatever it takes.”
“We have expressed to the Colombian Government our willingness to collaborate in the way that the Colombian Government considers that we can be of greater use. And that, for now, is limited to continuing with what had begun during the Government of President Bachelet, which is to be one of the guarantor countries of the process to the extent that this, which remained in suspensive points, is resumed,” said the Chilean president.
The Colombian and Chilean presidents also indicated their intention to relaunch the Andean Community and strengthen the Community of Latin American and Caribbean StatesCELAC, reaffirming the formation of a new left-wing bloc in Latin America.