Clashes between FARC dissidents leave 18 dead in Colombia
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At least 18 guerrillas died in the Colombian department of Putumayo in a confrontation between two groups of FARC dissidents, the Ombudsman’s Office reported this Sunday. Colombia.

The Ombudsman’s Office indicated that the clash occurred on Saturday in the villages of Las Delicias and Los Pinos, in the municipality of Puerto Guzmán, where “18 men died in the confrontation between the self-styled Border Commandos and the Carolina Ramírez First Front of the dissidents of the FARC”.

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The information added that, according to the authorities of Puerto Guzmán, the bodies of the deceased guerrillas were taken by the community and to the cemetery of the José María hamlet “waiting for the judicial authorities to come to the sector to carry out the appropriate technical surveys of the corpses”.

According to InSight Crime, the Border Commandos, or La Mafia, as they were previously known, are a group made up of FARC dissidents and demobilized members of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitaries seeking to maintain control over drug trafficking in the under Putumayo and the border with Ecuador.

The Carolina Ramírez Front, also called the One Front, is made up of dissidents from the same guerrilla group that did not accept the peace agreement signed in 2016.

The Ombudsman’s Office added in its information that it has urged illegal armed groups on various occasions to show gestures of peace that allow the progress of the total peace talks that the Government of Colombian President Gustavo Petro has been proposing.

He also recalled that these events are the consummation of the risks warned by the Ombudsman through Early Alert 001 of 2021 due to the presence of these two illegal armed groups in this municipality.

With regard to total peace, the Colombian government and the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) will sit down at the table again on Monday, this time in Caracas, to resume peace negotiations.

In this initiative, Petro not only seeks to dialogue with the ELN but also seeks an agreement or submission to justice of other illegal armed groups, such as the FARC dissidents and criminal gangs.

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