The US includes two groups of the FARC dissidence in its terrorist list

Washington, 24 nov (EFE).- The United States has included in its list of terrorist organizations the two main dissident groups of the extinct Colombian guerrilla of the FARC: those led by Luciano Marín Arango, alias “Iván Márquez”, and Miguel Botache Santillana, nicknamed “Gentil Duarte ».

In statements to the media, a senior Administration official clarified that the Government of President Joe Biden notified Congress yesterday, Tuesday, of its intention to remove the FARC from its list of terrorist groups, but also reported that it has included the dissidents of the former guerrilla group.

As a result of the inclusion of these two groups in the US terrorist list, their leaders will continue to be prohibited from entering the United States and will see their access to the international financial system, based on the dollar, restricted, among other punitive actions.

In addition, according to the aforementioned official, Washington will maintain the economic sanctions that already weigh on Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, former director of Venezuelan military intelligence who is detained in Spain and whom the US claims for drug trafficking crimes related to the FARC.

The governor of the Venezuelan state of Trujillo, the Chavista Henry Rangel Silva, and Amílcar Figueroa, who was president of the alternate of the Latin American Parliament, will also continue to be sanctioned, whom Washington accuses of helping the former FARC with drug trafficking or arms trafficking.

The US administration notified the Colombian government on Wednesday of the changes it had made to its list of terrorist organizations, said this senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This Tuesday, it was leaked to the press that Biden had decided to remove the FARC from its blacklist of terrorist groups, where it was included in 1997, and had notified Congress of his intention.

Until now, it was unknown that this notification also included Washington’s decision to include the “Iván Márquez” and “Gentil Duarte” dissidents.

The Biden government’s changes to the list of terrorist organizations will officially take effect at the end of November or early December, said the aforementioned official.

This Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of the agreement signed on November 24, 2016 between the Colombian Government – then chaired by Juan Manuel Santos – and the now demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

According to the cited source, it is a “coincidence” that Biden made those decisions on the fifth anniversary.

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