The Colombian government’s delegation for political dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN) said on Sunday that peace talks in their country began yesterday, Saturday, in Venezuela and will continue today.

“Yesterday, the two peace delegations began talks in Caracas. Today, the government delegation continues its work,” said the delegation’s short message on the social network X.

The Colombian government delegation is led by anthropologist and former senator Vera Grabe, while the rebels are represented by chief negotiator Israel Ramírez Pineda, alias “Pablo Beltrán”.

Colombia has reported in recent days that the round of talks will address issues such as political participation, ceasefires and territorial changes, as well as substantive decisions on the future of the negotiation process.

Dialogue between the two sides is a key policy of the Colombian government in a country that has experienced major armed conflicts since the 1960s.