US must remove FARC from list of terrorist organizations

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Child takes photos with his camera at a territorial training and reintegration space in Colombia, where former FARC combatants are trained to return to civilian life | Photo: EFE / Carlos Ortega

The United States must remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The information was revealed by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed to Reuters by two sources.

According to the news agency, the US State Department informed Congress on Tuesday (23) of the plan to remove the Communist group from the list, and an official announcement should be made in the coming days.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday that more details would be provided, but declined to confirm whether this involved removing the FARC from the list of terrorist organizations.

The group was first designated as a terrorist organization by the United States in 1997. After a peace deal with the Colombian government five years ago, it was negotiated with the help of the then US president. , Barack Obama – of which current President Joe Biden was deputy – the ex-guerrillas entered politics, later renaming the Commons group and obtaining ten seats in the Colombian Congress.

A report released by Colombia’s National Center for Historical Memory in 2018 found that more than 260,000 people have died in the country during nearly 60 years of armed conflict, including around 215,000 civilians. The paramilitary groups fighting the guerrillas are thought to be responsible for 94,754 dead, the guerrillas for 35,683 and the security forces for 9,804.

A 2019 military intelligence report found that about a third of FARC fighters resumed arms after the 2016 peace agreement.

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