Colombia says ready to negotiate peace with ELN rebels
BOGOTA August 29- Colombia said it was ready to start negotiating with its second-largest rebel army, potentially broadening a peace process aimed at ending Latin America’s oldest insurgency. The country’s Constitutional Court provided more enticement for rebels to stop fighting and end nearly 50 years of bloodshed, ruling that fighters who lay down arms can take part in politics after a peace process is completed. The ruling endorsed a constitutional amendment that lawmakers approved in 2012.
An estimated 600,000 people have died, and another 4.5 million are displaced within the country because of the violence. But another rebel group already negotiating with the government balked, saying the reform was unilateral and did not include their input.
The rejection came from FARC leader Ivan Marquez. The FARC is the largest rebel army.
He had made talks with the rebels, known in Spanish as the ELN, contingent on the release of captives.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFMSimilar Stories