Gustavo Petro says negotiations have begun after the suspension of arrest warrants against 19 rebels.
Bogota suspend legal effects of ceasefire decree after the country's last recognised rebel group says it didn't discuss any bilateral ceasefire with the government.
The armed groups still operating in Colombia, the world's largest cocaine producer, are locked in deadly disputes over drug trafficking revenues and other illegal businesses.
Dissidents of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC say they will lay down weapons and won't target security forces until January 2, Bogota's peace commissioner says.
The aim is to confront criminal groups operating internationally with a focus on various illegal industries, which requires collaboration with other countries, the interior minister said.
Talks with leftist guerrillas in Venezuela are part of President Gustavo Petro’s promise to bring "total peace" to Colombia.
Two rebel groups have been fighting over control of drug trafficking routes for at least three years.
Delegations of Colombia's government and the ELN will restart negotiations after the first week of November, the parties said in a statement after a meeting in Venezuela.
The Latin American country is longing for peace and hopes to reach a lasting deal with a group of guerrilla fighters who have gone back to picking up the arms.
Ivan Marquez of the FARC group, who according to Colombia military intel lives in neighbouring Venezuela, wants to explore "possibilities of a dialogue towards peace", says Bogota.
President Nicolas Maduro agrees to be the guarantor of Colombia's talks with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the last active rebel group in a country torn by decades of conflict.
Police vehicle comes under attack in southwestern Huila department, leaving eight personnel dead, officials say.
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