Republicans ask for the Colombian rebel group FARC to be lifted from the terrorist designation

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the Biden The US government has been criticized for reports that the US government wants to remove the Colombian rebel group FARC from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.

The U.S. Department of State, according to Reuters, announced to Congress on Tuesday the plan to remove the FARC from the list, five years after the rebel group signed a peace agreement with the Colombian government.

Members of the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are participating in the "Alfonso Artiaga" Front 29 FARC camp in a rural area of ​​Policarpa, Narino department of southwest Colombia, on Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo credit should be LUIS ROBAYO / AFP via Getty Images)

Members of the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are seen in the FARC camp “Alfonso Artiaga” on Front 29 in a rural area of ​​Policarpa, Narino department in southwest Colombia, on January 17, 2017. (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO / AFP via Getty Images)

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“President Biden’s delisting #FARC as a foreign terrorist organization is undermining US security interests and stability #Colombia and serves only as a gift to the criminal Maduro regime in #Venezuela“Senate member Senator Jim Risch, the ranked member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted. “The administration should reverse course.”

“Premature lifting #FARCThe classification as a terrorist organization is an exercise in appeasement, “House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans added on Twitter. “They have exercised no remorse or remorse for their continued drug terrorism against innocent Colombians and Americans. Our regional allies deserve better from this admin. “

Alfonso Cano, who was in command of the FARC until he was assassinated in November 2011.

Alfonso Cano, who was in command of the FARC until he was assassinated in November 2011.
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State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that the US has informed Congress of an action it is taking regarding the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, widely known by the acronym FARC. Price refused to say what that action was, however.

FARC fought for half a century in an era of devastating political violence in Colombia, carrying out bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and attacks in the name of redistributing wealth to the poor of Colombia.

US President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to curb soaring gas prices while making remarks on the economy and "Cut prices," during a speech in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House in Washington, USA, 23 November 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein

US President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to curb rising gas prices, while speaking on the economy to “lower prices.” “Speech in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House in Washington, USA, November 23, 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein

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The group signed a peace agreement in 2016 and participated in a United Nations-supervised decommissioning of the last of their accessible weapons in 2018. In a way, Price described the peace agreement as “a groundbreaking turning point in the longstanding conflict in Colombia.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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