President Santos: FARC Criminals Will not Be Granted 'Impunity'

Monday, 05 Aug 2013 10:42 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who have committed crimes against humanity will not receive "impunity" in the event a peace agreement is achieved.
 
“Impunity, such as some people suggest, no. There will not be a clean slate,” Santos said in a recent interview with the Colombian daily El Tiempo.
 
Santos said his government had contacted another guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) with the aim of beginning peace talks with them, the Global Times reported Monday.
 
While at odds on various matters in the past, the ELN and the FARC have collaborated in military operations against the Colombian government.
 
If a peace agreement with FARC is achieved, Bogota will implement a procedure to rehabilitate guerrillas who have not committed crimes against humanity.
 
“Fortunately, we have land for everyone, including former guerrilla members,” Santos said. “There will be a specific policy for land delivery to former guerrilla members, as well as farmers without land.”
 
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Santos responded to questions on whether the FARC would be permitted to keep illegally seized rural land and narco-trafficking profits.
 
“I have been very clear, extremely clear,” that “any illegal group that has taken land illegally” will lose it, he said. Santos added that “if the international banks help us identify where [FARC] money is, we will certainly confiscate it.”
 
Santos said his goal is to get the FARC “to participate in politics without arms,” and suggested that the group might become “an ally of the state against drug trafficking.”

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