ELN negotiations with the Government slowly move forward

On 7 November 2016, the Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (ELN) announced the release of former Congressman Odín Sánchez is dependent on the Government releasing two rebel prisoners (El Tiempo). Peace talks between Colombia's second largest rebel group have stalled, as the Government refuses to continue talks until Sánchez is released. ELN Commander Nicolás Rodríguez, alias 'Gabino', insisted the Government has neglected its agreements while trying to impose conditions the group has not agreed to (Espectador). Even though negotiations are under way, rural areas still see the effects of the drawn out conflict. Rebel sniper fire claimed the lives of two soldiers in Colombia's eastern department, Norte de Santander on 7 November (El Colombiano).