USA announced that it has eliminated Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from his blacklist of terroristsAs this criminal group that was part of the list since 1997 is now extinct, as announced by the US authorities who revealed “no longer exists as a unified organization.”
“After the Peace Agreement with the Colombian government, the FARC formally dissolved and disarmed. They no longer exist as a unified organization that is involved in terrorism, in terrorist activities, or has the capacity or intention to do so, ”said Antony Blinken, the secretary of state.
This measure taken by the US occurs on the fifth anniversary of the peace signature between the Government of Juan Manuel Santos and the now extinct guerrilla group. It should be noted that just in recent days former leaders of this group apologized for atrocities of the war in Colombia
Former members still have to face their charges in the United States
However, despite the fact that the group has come off the blacklist of terrorists, this does not mean that the US removes drug charges and other crimes committed or may be committed by former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Removing the group from the list is intended to strengthen Washington’s ability to “better support the implementation of the 2016 accords, including in working with demobilized combatants.”
It should be noted that since the Revolutionary Armed Forces were included in the US list, the members of this group they were prohibited from entering the country In addition, their access to the international financial system was restricted.
But while they leave the black list, two associated groups enter it, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Segunda Marquetalia group.
What are the FARC today?
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC, are a guerrilla group that since 1964 they have fought in an internal war with the Government, in an attempt to impose a socialist regime. In 1997 the United States added the group to the blacklist of terrorists, but today the organization has dissolved and does not exist as such.
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