On the fifth anniversary of the peace agreement between the rebel group and the Colombian government, the United States has officially removed the Colombian Revolutionary Army (FARC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken confirmed in a statement that “The State Department is revoking the designation of the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FT)” More than 20 years later.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was designated as the FT during President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1997, when decades of violent conflict occurred between the organization and the government of the country.
On November 24, 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace agreement to end the conflict. Two years later, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia cooperated with the United Nations to surrender and retire its weapons before transforming into a political party.
Despite the abolition of the terrorist title, the Biden administration stated its decision “will not change [US government’s] The position of the United States on any allegations or potential allegations made by the former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. “ Brinken added that the move is aimed at “Promote the U.S. to better support the implementation of 2016 [peace] conform to. “
Although the United States is removing the terrorism label that has been looming over FARC since the 1990s, it will designate the separatist organization that still engages in dissident behavior as FT. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-EP and Segunda Marquetalia, composed of former FARC militants, are accused of continuing to fight the Colombian government and support drug trafficking. The members of these two groups are said to be more than 5,000 former FARC rebels who refused to sign the peace agreement.