Santos announces he will resume peace talks with ELN

ElectionsColombia closes borders and opens polling stations for legislative elections by Adriaan Alsema

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President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his legacy on the peace deal with the Farc, lauded the vote as "the most peaceful that Colombia has had in recent history".

Santos did not specify a start date for the renewed talks, but said the government negotiators will travel back to Quito.

According to the ELN, the hardline rightists support Colombia's military offensive against the insurgent group, even during the agreed ceasefire, celebrate the death of insurgents and "simulate pain when Colombian soldiers die in guerrilla attacks".

Santos said that dialogue will resume with the objective of agreeing to a new "comprehensive and verifiable" ceasefire agreement to avoid further casualties.

They said the Colombian right-wing sectors are still hanging onto Colombian former President Laureano Gomez, the ultra right-wing and Nazi sympathizer, who used to say that they "wouldn't give away in the ballot boxes what they had won in the war".

"For many people it is hard to swallow Farc leaders campaigning on the streets", said Kristian Herbolzheimer, a Colombia specialist at Conciliation Resources, a London-based consultancy.

"We join President Santos' call to restart talks, with the conviction that it is better to have dialogue in the midst of a bilateral ceasefire", the guerrillas said in a statement.

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The FARC, now the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force party, were guaranteed five seats in both houses as part of the peace deal and failed to win any others.

Gustavo Petro presidential candidate speaks during a press conference after knowing the results of the legislative elections in Bogota Thomson Reuters BOGOTA (Reuters) - A dismal showing by Colombia's left-wing Decencia coalition in legislative voting could bode poorly for its candidate, Gustavo Petro, in a looming presidential election, while in party primaries right-wing rival Ivan Duque scored a more emphatic victory.

But "it is the only option that Santos has - try to calm the conflict with the ELN, reduce confrontation with the army to a minimum", analyst Camilo Echandia of Externado University told Agence France-Presse. The group has sought peace with the government before but made little progress.

Santos is due to step down on August 7 after two terms. He is in favor of the peace deal and is proposing a "social economy" for Colombia with increased taxes for the rich. While no party came close to winning control of either legislature, the Democratic Center party came out on top in the Senate, with 19 seats and second in the lower house, with 32 seats.

Events since the FARC ceasefire has given ammunition to Santos' critics, not least the general consensus that the ELN has taken over territory abandoned by the FARC and strengthened their hand.

The ELN has about 1,500 fighters.

"It is very unlikely that the next government will agree to negotiate such an imprecise, general agenda, with so few possibilities of obtaining results", said Echandia.

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