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US U-turns on rebels’ terrorist standing after 20 years

US U-turns on rebels’ terrorist status after 20 years


The US has formally eliminated the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) from its listing of overseas terrorist organizations, simply after the fifth anniversary of the peace deal between the insurgent group and the Colombian authorities.

In an announcement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that “The Division of State is revoking the designations of the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a Overseas Terrorist Group (FT)” after greater than 20 years.

FARC was designated as an FT in 1997, throughout President Invoice Clinton’s administration, in the midst of a violent battle between the group and the nation’s authorities that spanned a long time.

On November 24, 2016, the Colombian authorities and FARC reached a peace deal bringing the clashes to an finish. Two years later, FARC labored with the United Nations on surrendering and decommissioning its weapons earlier than reworking right into a political get together.

Regardless of eradicating the terrorist designation, the Biden administration mentioned its choice “doesn’t change the [US government’s] posture almost about any costs or potential costs in america in opposition to former leaders of the FARC.” Blinken added that the transfer was designed to “facilitate the power of america to raised assist implementation of the 2016 [peace] accord.”

Whereas the US is revoking the terrorist label that has hung over FARC because the 1990s, will probably be designating splinter teams which are nonetheless partaking in dissident habits as FTs. FARC-EP and Segunda Marquetalia, composed of former FARC militants, have been accused of continuous to struggle in opposition to the Colombian authorities and of supporting drug trafficking. The 2 teams allegedly have a membership of greater than 5,000 ex-FARC rebels who refused to enroll to the peace deal.