World: Colombian government waives extradition of two ELN negotiators

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The Colombian government has sent a note to the Cuban authorities informing them of its refusal to extradite two of the representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas, a gesture that would shore up the budding peace talks.

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The document, to which Caracol Radio has had access, has been sent to the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, and refers to Israel Ramírez Pineda, alias 'Pablo Beltrán' and Víctor Orlando Cubides, 'Aureliano Carbonell' or 'Pablo Tejada'.

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The document explains that the government has requested the suspension of the arrest warrants issued against the members of the guerrilla delegation, but a court of Execution of Sentences and Security Measures of Antioquia had not annulled the warrants for Ramirez and Cubides, key members in the process.

Therefore, they notify the government of Cuba that they are waiving this extradition request in order to continue taking steps in this eventual peace process.

"According to Resolution 177 of 2022 the arrest warrants and extradition requests will not be effective, generating legal security for members of the ELN delegation" explains the document.

Finally, the Government assures that it maintains its firm and unequivocal decision to initiate a negotiation process with the ELN within the framework of all the guarantees and legal security for both parties and the guarantor countries involved.

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