ADVANCE TOWARD THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ENCOUNTER ZONE
Bogotá, D.C., January
5 , 2001 (ANCOL). - In a new meeting with union and civic leaders from
the South of Bolivar and Santander the government will try to advance
in the establishment of an encounter zone for the ELN that will allow
the initiation of a peace process with this organisation. Camilo Gomez,
High Peace Commissioner, and Humberto de la Calle Lombana, Minister of
Interior, will participate in the meeting that will soon begin in Bucaramanga.
In this meeting the discussion that started last December 26 between President
Pastrana and leaders of the region about the developments achieved with
the ELN concerning the precise regulation of an Encounter Zone that protects
and guarantees the rights of the community will be continued.
"I have the hope
to advance, I think there are many positive elements surrounding the process
and I look forward to the reunion with a positive viewpoint" said Camilo
To the Peace Commissioner
"it is important to think that peace must always have opportunities but
they must be solidly backed up."
In various occasions
the Government has insisted on the urgency of creating a zone where simultaneously
to the developing of the National Convention, a negotiation process is
installed with the ELN.
"The Encounter Zone
will be held to a regulation that allows communities to maintain their
tranquillity", added Gomez.