Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Colombia
New York, 30 March 2020. The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the National Liberation Army (ELN) of a one-month unilateral cease-fire starting on 1 April to facilitate the response in Colombia to the outbreak of the COVID-19.
He hopes that this gesture, following on his global appeal for cease-fires, can bring a measure of relief to communities and vulnerable groups in conflict-affected regions in Colombia, and help the authorities to focus on fighting the pandemic.
The Secretary-General calls on other armed groups to do likewise.