(MENAFN) President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos has suspended on Monday peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), after a sequence of attacks against police stations at the weekend killed seven officers and injured over 40 more.
According to him, due to the attacks in Barranquilla, Soledad and Santa Rosa del Sur, he ordered the army to fight the ELN as if no peace talks were happening.
He warned: "To continue peace negotiation, this doctrine demands a minimum of coherence. My patience and that of the Colombian people have limits. Therefore, I have decided to suspend the...fifth round of talks set for the coming days (in Quito, Ecuador) until I see coherence from the ELN between their words and their actions."
However, the ELN has also issued a statement, explaining that until a new truce was reached, "military actions" would go on.