Negotiations between Colombia, FARC, Cuban Regime Gravely Disappointing Says Ros-Lehtinen

U.S. Policy Must be Driven by U.S. Security Interests, Not by FARC Negotiations

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today made the following statement regarding the formal announcement of ongoing peace discussions between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Republic of Colombia.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I understand the desire of the Colombian people to bring to an end to the death, destruction, and suffering inflicted by the FARC on their nation.  But peace by any means or at any cost, is not true peace.  It is of ongoing concern that the Colombian government entered into negotiations with the FARC, an entity designated by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), without preconditions. 

“Even more disturbing is the fact the Castro regime, a U.S.-designated state sponsor of terrorism and long-time supporter of the FARC, has been given a leadership role in ongoing discussions with FARC operatives.  As we look ahead, we must make it clear that U.S. foreign policy toward the FARC, the Cuban dictatorship, and the Hemisphere must be based on U.S. interests and not be dependent on any negotiation between the Colombian government and the FARC.

“For decades, the FARC has been engaged in narco-trafficking, arms trafficking, kidnappings, extremist attacks, and the expansion of illicit activities worldwide.   And the latest State Department Country Reports on Terrorism highlight an increase in violent attacks in the Hemisphere, with the FARC as the driving force behind these.  U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have further unveiled linkages between the FARC and other criminal and extremist networks.  U.S. policy must not change toward the FARC or any nation, entity, or individual who supports the FARC, until there is verifiable evidence that these Colombian guerillas have permanently ceased activities that undermine U.S. national security.”

 

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