United Nations (EFE) .- The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced this Thursday that in a few days a multilateral ceasefire will be considered with several armed groups that have approached the government in its “total peace” project. .

“In a few days a public question will also be raised, the possibility of a multilateral ceasefire which would be the beginning of the end of the violence in Colombia,” Petro said in a statement to the media in New York where he is participating in the United Nations General Assembly.

This ceasefire involves several groups that have approached the government in recent weeks, the president said, but did not provide details on which or how many.

“It will involve all those who want a negotiation process with the judicial system in Colombia to dismantle criminal organizations. What we propose is an end to hostilities, death, a ceasefire “, explained the president before heading to the airport to return to Colombia.

Gustavo Petro, president of Colombia.

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Since becoming president on August 7, Petro has embarked on a path of dialogue with various armed groups to reach a peace agreement or bring it to justice.

The first steps were in Havana, where a Colombian government delegation met again with delegates from the National Liberation Army (ELN) to resume talks, blocked for four years due to clashes with the former executive by Iván Duque and why the guerrillas have never ceased, carrying out attacks, kidnappings and other crimes.

Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, speaks to the United Nations General Assembly. EFE / EPA / Justin Lane

Furthermore, last week, a delegation from the Colombian government and another from the “core staff” of former FARC dissidents held an “exploratory meeting” in the southern department of Caquetá to “consider initiating a dialogue within the framework of a total peace ‘, which would include precisely this bilateral ceasefire.

Petro then announced that he had started “a dialogue” with this group that brings together most of the fronts that have left the peace agreement or have never reached it, with the exception of the Second Marquetalia, commanded by Luciano Marín Arango, alias ” Iván Márquez “, which is a much smaller group.

If this multilateral ceasefire is confirmed, it would be the first major act to stop the conflict since peace was signed with the FARC in 2016 and talks with the ELN were paralyzed in 2018, after which the last major attack. took place in Colombia, that of January 17, 2019 at the General Santander Police Cadet School, in Bogotá, which resulted in 23 deaths and nearly a hundred injured.

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