The United States has removed a former Colombian Marxist rebel group from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday that the move comes five years after the US-Colombia agreement, which “formally disbanded and disarmed” Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as the FARC Is known.
“It no longer exists as a unified organization that engages in terrorism or terroristic activities,” Blinken said.
Blinken said the cancellation of FARC’s post does not affect the US charges or possible charges against the group’s former leaders. The FARC was responsible for thousands of kidnappings and murders.
He also said that the move would make it easier for the US to support the implementation of the agreement in parts of Colombia where FARC guerrillas are located.
While the 2016 agreement has significantly reduced violence, members of FARC guerrillas and other armed groups continue to engage in violent activities.
The US has also designated two insurgent groups made up of the FARC, La Segunda Marquetalia and FARC-EP, as terrorist groups.
“The FARC-EP and the designation of Segunda Marquetalia are directed at those who refused to demonetise and who engage in terrorist activities,” Blinken said.
Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.