The Biden administration will remove the major Colombian criminal group, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“Officials said the move could come as early as Tuesday, coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the historic peace deal between then-President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels,” the WSJ explained.
Government and congressional sources told the media outlet that the move is intended to demonstrate American support for the peace deal with guerrillas in Colombia signed in 2016 in Havana, Cuba, during the Obama administration.
The agreement with the FARC
The agreement recognizes the consequences of the armed conflict in Colombia, generated mostly by the FARC, assuring that millions of Colombians were victims of these actions.
“There are millions of Colombians victims of forced displacement, hundreds of thousands of dead, tens of thousands of disappeared of all kinds, without forgetting the large number of populations that have been affected in one way or another throughout the territory, including women, children and adolescents, peasant, indigenous, Afro-Colombian, black, Palenquero, Raizal and Rom communities, political parties, social and trade union movements, economic guilds, among others. We do not want there to be one more victim in Colombia”, reads the document.
Despite the efforts to put an end to these irregular groups, there are still cells active in Colombian territory. In fact, Colombian media, such as Semana magazine, explained that the conflict in Colombia does not seem to have a solution in the short term.
The magazine indicates that “after the demobilization of the guerrillas, considered by this country as a terrorist and drug trafficking group, there has been a rebirth of the conflict in what is called the FARC dissidents.”