Switzerland has welcomed a temporary ceasefire agreement between the Colombian authorities and the National Liberation Army (ELN) – the largest active rebel group in the country. The deal was struck on Sunday, promising an end to hostilities until mid-January.
Switzerland is one of five states that form the ‘Group of Countries for the Support, Accompaniment and Cooperation of the Negotiating Table’ (GPAAC) that have been working for peace in the South American country. The other GPAAC members are Sweden, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Switzerland issued a statement, saying the group wanted to “congratulate the negotiating teams for this important achievement. They expect the ceasefire to improve especially the humanitarian situation of the civilian population.”