The Biden administration is going through criticism over experiences that the United States authorities is getting ready to take away the Colombian rebel group FARC from its record of international terrorist organizations.
The U.S. State Department, according to Reuters, instructed Congress on Tuesday of the plan to delist FARC, 5 years after the rebel group signed a peace settlement with the Colombian authorities.
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“President Biden’s delisting of the #FARC as a foreign terrorist organization undermines U.S. security interests and stability in #Colombia and only serves as a gift to the criminal Maduro regime in #Venezuela,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Jim Risch tweeted Tuesday. “The administration should reverse course.”
“Prematurely lifting #FARC’s designation as a terrorist organization is an exercise in appeasement,” the Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee added on Twitter. “They have not exercised remorse or acts of contrition for their ongoing narco-terrorism against innocent Colombians & Americans. Our regional allies deserve better from this admin.”
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State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed the U.S. had knowledgeable Congress of an motion it was taking with regard to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, extensively identified by its acronym, FARC. Price refused to say what that motion was, nevertheless.
FARC fought for a half-century in an period of devastating political violence in Colombia, finishing up bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and assaults within the identify of redistributing wealth to Colombia’s poor.
The group signed a peace deal in 2016 and in 2018 took half in a U.N.-supervised decommissioning of the final of its accessible weapons. Price referred to as the peace deal a “seminal turning point in some ways in the long-running Colombia conflict.”
Associated Press contributed to this report
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