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Armed group EMC announced new block of operations in Colombia

Bogota, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The Central General Staff (EMC), a dissident armed group of the extinct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army, announced today the creation of the Central Commander Isaías Pardo Bloc which, as reported, will have presence in several regions of the country.

According to a video broadcast on social networks, the area of operations will be Valle del Cauca (southwest), Huila (south), and Tolima and Quindío, both located in the central-west region of the nation.

The EMC also announced that Marlon, head of the Jaime Martinez Front, is now the commander of the new bloc.

Its formation, he added, is in solidarity with and in response to the military aggression against the Comandante Jacobo Arenas Western Bloc.

According to local press on Saturday 27, armed clashes between the Ninth Brigade of the National Army and this insurgent group killed at least four members of the EMC and captured six others in the southwest region of Colombia.

Judging by the most recent events, the Dialogue Table between the National Government and the EMC, established in October last year, is going through a deep crisis.

On March 17, President Gustavo Petro ordered the suspension of the ceasefire with the EMC in the departments of Nariño, Cauca and Valle del Cauca, which meant the resumption of offensive military operations and police operations as of 00:00 local time on March 20.

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