Colombian rebel leadership denies role in Bogota car bombing

The leadership of the Colombian ELN rebel group, which has been in Havana for peace negotiations since final 12 months, has denied any role in a deadly car bombing in Bogota final week, despite the fact that the guerrilla group took accountability for the assault.

“Our role in Cuba is to advance in the negotiations, we aren’t conscious of the actions happening in Colombia nor do we’ve any involvement in them,” chief ELN negotiator Pablo Beltran advised Cuban state-run company Prensa Latina on Monday.

The ELN had earlier in the day claimed accountability for final week’s car bomb assault in opposition to a police academy that killed 21 individuals as a respectable act of battle and urged Colombian President Ivan Duque to return to the negotiating desk.

Duque has known as for Cuba, which hosted negotiations with the ELN because it had achieved beforehand with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, to extradite the commanders in Havana, together with high ELN chief Nicolas Rodriguez.

Police line up previous to a mass at a cathedral in honour of these killed in the bombing. Twenty-one individuals died and dozens had been wounded. (Fernando Vergara/Related Press)

The ELN commanders in Havana on Monday demanded that Cuba assure them secure passage again to Colombia if the talks finish.

Whereas Cuba condemned the assault, it mentioned it might respect the protocols of the negotiations and was consulting with each events and the guarantors of the talks.

The protocols present safety ensures for guerrilla commanders to return to Colombia and stop navy assaults for an agreed interval.

“They need to perform the phrases agreed on relatively than asking the not possible of Cuba,” Beltran mentioned.

 Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba’s overseas affairs minister, mentioned in a tweet over the weekend that the nation would by no means enable its territory for use for the planning of terrorist acts.

Beltran accused Duque’s authorities of delaying the talks for six months to weaken the ELN with a navy offensive.

“Dealing with such a actuality, there have been responses like that of final Thursday, however … we should proceed to aim collectively to finish the battle,” Beltran mentioned, including that the negotiators would hand over all of the agreements accorded as far as a departure level for future talks.

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