Colombian government, ELN rebels fail to agree ceasefire: president

AFP , Wednesday 1 Aug 2018

Outgoing Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos admitted defeat on Wednesday after failing to secure a ceasefire with ELN Marxist guerrillas before handing over the reins to hardline right-wing successor Ivan Duquee next week.

"We hope that the next government decides to continue" negotiating with the ELN, the last recognized armed group fighting government forces in Colombia, to "start a real and verifiable ceasefire," added Santos.

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