The US could remove the defunct FARC from the list of terrorist groups

Published:

23 nov 2021 19:51 GMT

Several sources indicated that the measure may be announced on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the agreement, signed on November 24, 2016.

The US Government plans to eliminate the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from its list of terrorist groups, in support of the peace agreement signed in the South American country five years ago, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the US media, the information has been provided by officials and congressmen, who have indicated that the measure may be announced on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the agreement, signed on November 24, 2016.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that they notified Congress of the “Next actions“that they will take with respect to the FARC, although he did not provide details.

“The peace process and the signing of the peace agreement five years ago is something that was a fundamental turning point in some aspects of the long-running Colombian conflict. It is something that we commend, it is something that we have sought every step of the way to preserve it.” stated Price in Press conference, anticipating that “in the following days” it will provide more information on the matter.

The pact was signed by the FARC and the Colombian government of then president Juan Manuel Santos, after negotiations that lasted four years and which were carried out in Havana, Cuba.

After the agreement was reached, the FARC became a political party, which was renamed as Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, keeping the initials of the guerrilla group. However, more recently, the space has been dubbed ‘Commons’.

Thanks to the agreement, Santos got the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for his “determined efforts” to end the armed conflict with the FARC, which lasted in Colombia for more than half a century.

Several social organizations in Colombia have denounced breaches of the Peace Agreement during the administration of Iván Duque, who has been in power since 2018.

The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) reported that until last October 1,270 social leaders and human rights defenders were assassinated in Colombia since the signing of the Peace Agreement.

The organization also registers 293 signatories of the agreement and ex-FARC combatants murdered since 2016, 44 of them in 2021 alone.

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