The Biden administration is reportedly planning to remove Columbian rebel group FARC from its list of designated terrorist organizations, a move that has puzzled many Republican lawmakers. On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department told Congress of its plan to drop FARC from its list of terrorist organizations.
Fox News reports:
The U.S. State Department, according to Reuters, told Congress on Tuesday of the plan to delist FARC, five years after the rebel group signed a peace agreement with the Colombian government.
“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.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed the U.S. had informed Congress of an action it was taking with regard to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, widely known by its acronym, FARC. Price refused to say what that action was, however.
FARC fought for a half-century in an era of devastating political violence in Colombia, carrying out bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and attacks in the name of redistributing wealth to Colombia’s poor.
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