ELN, November 9th 1998 to Herr and Frau Mauss
“Mandate for Peace”
Translated from German
9th November 1998
Mandate for Peace
Peace in Colombia is not only an urgent necessity for our people; it is also of great interest to personalities, organisations and governments at international level. The process of dialogue for peace, which began in Germany in 1996 and reached its zenith at Himmelspforten near Würzburg (Germany) in the meeting held from the 12th to the 17th of July 1998, would never have been possible had the ELN not been able to count on the help and support of Herr and Frau Mauss.
Because we know how important it is for the future of peace in our country to have the presence of personalities who understand Colombian reality and who are willing to negotiate, as are Isabel and Werner Mauss, the ELN sends its ratification to you from Colombia, recognising you as its fully acknowledged mediators in this process and as arbitrators of our political relations with organisations and personalities interested in Colombia and its people.
With this in mind, we heartily thank all those who receive the couple in a friendly manner, in the certainty that in all steps taken by them to enable dialogue and the achieving of political solutions in Colombia they can count upon our support.
ON BEHALF OF THE DIRECCION NACIONAL
AND THE CENTRAL COMMAND
NICOLAS RODRIGUEZ B. ANTONIO GARCIA