The Peace Process with the ELN in Colombia
In assessing the evolution of the peace dialogue, Ambassador Valencia acknowledged that there have been varying moments of success and failures. While admitting the difficulty of presenting a chronological account of the events, Valencia provided a summary of the outcomes of the thirteen meetings held in Colombia since June 1, 2004 when the ELN requested direct communication with the Mexican government.
In September, Mexico asked the guerrillas if a cessation of hostilities would include halting of the act of kidnapping. From this date through January 2005, the Mexican facilitator conducted meetings with the ELN to persuade them to change the wording of their petition in order to satisfy the Government of Colombia's request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘violent actions'. The ELN informed the Mexican government that Ambassador Valencia would no longer be recognized as a facilitator on April 18, 2005.