The National Liberation Army (ELN) presented a proposal on Tuesday, July 25, to implement a three-month bilateral ceasefire with the Colombian government. An ELN representative described the move as temporary and humanitarian in nature, and not as an end to armed conflict. The move is expected to help build trust between the two sides as each attempts to advance its agenda during peace talks. The Colombian government has not yet issued a public response to the proposal and it is not yet clear when the ceasefire would come into effect.
ELN violence has continued even as the group engages in ongoing peace talks (launched in February 2017) with the government. ELN, the country's largest rebel group after the recently demobilized FARC, is active in various areas of the country including Arauca, Boyacá, Norte de Santander, La Guajira, Cesar, Bolívar, Casanare, Santander, Chocó, Cauca, Nariño, and Putumayo departments, particularly in rural zones.
Due to the presence of a number of armed groups - including organized crime groups, drug cartels, right-wing militias, and local gangs in addition to the ELN - many Western governments advise against travel to various regions of the country (particularly rural zones), with the notable exceptions of the northern Caribbean regions and central areas (including Bogotá).