Weekly Report - 25 August 2022 (WR-22-34)

COLOMBIA: Petro outlines security priorities

“We will only go down in history if we construct peace,” Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said on 20 August in his first official ceremony as commander-in-chief, at a military academy in Bogotá, to swear in the new military high command he appointed a week earlier. On the same day Petro suspended arrest warrants for the peace negotiators for the guerrilla group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) as he seeks to revive talks abandoned by the previous government. They were ended after the ELN killed 22 cadets in a bomb attack in January 2019 on a police academy in Bogotá, where Petro swore in the new police high command on 19 August.

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