U.S. to revoke terrorist designation for Colombia's FARC, add breakaway groups
The United States will revoke its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as a foreign terrorist organization on Tuesday while designating two breakaway groups as such, a senior State Department official said on Friday.
But the two dissident groups that have formed out of FARC, La Segunda Marquetalia and FARC-EP, or People's Army, would be designated as foreign terrorist organizations, the official said.Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegister
"It’s a realignment to address these current threats," the official said. "The FARC that existed five years ago no longer exists."Founded in 1964, FARC was responsible for summary executions and kidnappings of thousands of people, including Americans.
On Tuesday,Reuters reportedthat the United States was preparing to remove FARC from the list five years after the group signed a peace agreement with Bogota.The State Department notified the U.S. Congress on Tuesday of its planned delisting of FARC. The Colombian government was formally notified on Wednesday. headtopics.com
The government of Colombia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The decision will allow U.S. government agencies like the U.S. Agency for International Development to work on peace implementation in parts of Colombia where demobilized FARC soldiers are located, the official said.
"This is a priority for the Colombian government in the implementation of the peace agreement," the official said.Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterReporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis in Washington; Additional reporting by Oliver Griffin in Bogota; Editing by Mark Porter and Leslie Adler
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