The Conflict Resolution Team welcomes the news that the United States has been removed from the list, which is a step towards lasting peace in Colombia.
America’s Plan to relocate An American official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FARC rebel group could be removed from its list of “foreign terrorist organizations” as early as the end of November.
The move was first reported by the US news media on Tuesday, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the United States. Landmark peace agreement The conflict between Marxist rebels and the Colombian government that ended decades of violence.
The US official told Reuters that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia may be removed from Washington’s list of “foreign terrorists” at the end of November or early December.
The US State Department notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to delist the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the Colombian government officially received the notice on Wednesday.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia fought for five years in an era of devastating political violence in Colombia, carrying out explosions, assassinations, Kidnapping And launched an attack in the name of redistributing wealth to the poor in Colombia.
Group signing Peace agreement Cooperated with Bogotá in 2016 and participated in the decommissioning of the last usable weapon under the supervision of the United Nations in 2018. Today, it is designated as a political party and has a guaranteed seat in the Colombian legislature.
The US official said that removing the organization from the US terrorist list would allow US officials to cooperate with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia who are now entering private or political life.
The official also stated that the administration of US President Joe Biden intends to keep on the list of “terrorist” organizations a hard-line organization composed of former FARC rebels and a second batch of former rebels using variants of the FARC name.
The official added: “It also allows us to target all the tools of the U.S. government and law enforcement agencies to hunt down individuals who have not signed agreements and continue to be active in terrorist activities.”
Despite the agreement reached in 2016, The violence continues In several places in Colombia, FARC dissidents who rejected the peace agreement still hold weapons, and other armed groups and drug dealers operate in these places.
We commend the Colombian people on the fifth anniversary of the peace agreement. Colombia has made meaningful progress, and we will continue to support them in implementing the agreement.
-Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (@SecBlinken) November 24, 2021
This week, when United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited South American countries to commemorate the anniversary of the peace agreement– Deplore “The enemy of peace” and called for “guaranteeing the safety of ex-combatants, social leaders, and human rights defenders.”
“We must redouble our efforts to ensure sustainable development [reintegration] Projects, technical and financial support, land and housing,” Guterres said on Tuesday.
Adam Isacson of the Washington office said that including former FARC members on the US “terrorist” list prevented US government agencies from cooperating with development projects, including former fighters, such as plans to clear landmines. Or efforts to replace illegal crops such as coca leaves. Latin America, an advocacy group.
The conflict resolution team welcomed the news of the delisting.
Renata Segura, deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean region of the non-profit research organization International Crisis Group, said on Twitter: “It is great to see this step taken, which will undoubtedly help the implementation of the Colombian peace agreement.” .