In a statement released earlier this week on their web site, the
ELN, the second-largest leftist guerrilla group in Colombia, said, “We have
always acted with the goal of reaching a type of popular revolutionary agreement
so that the majority can triumph in Colombia, which is why it is not national or
regional policy to carry out these aggressions against the revolutionary forces
or against the population.”
The central command acknowledged the military conflicts with
the FARC being carried out in Antioquia, Arauca, Cauca, and Nariño since 2006 require
dialogue in which both organizations evaluate their role in the situation.
It called for a different type of action to energize and coincide
with the social, political, and military fight against the hostile regime of
President Uribe. Such action must “give way to changes that all Colombians long
for and that is being put together in the foundations of our America.”
The ELN asked the FARC to continue to improving relations in
their respective areas with the means of strengthening revolutionary efforts.