U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is to review removing the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from its list of terrorist organizations once a peace accord with Colombia’s government is implemented. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Kerry: U.S. to review removing Colombia’s FARC from terrorism list
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday (September 26) the United States is not yet ready to remove Colombia’s FARC rebel group from its list of terrorist organisations, but will review the group as a peace accord with Colombia’s government is implemented.
Kerry spoke during an interview in Cartagena, Colombia, where he will attend the signing of the peace agreement between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group ending 52 years of war.
“We review that on a regular basis, and when the facts change that gets taken into account and reviewed. Obviously the facts are going to change with the signing of an agreement, and if people do disarm and people do live by the encampments and people do reintegrate into society, then those are all things that have to be taken into account in the review and we will review under those circumstances,” said Kerry.
He also said that a pardon for Ricardo Palmera, a FARC leader known as Simon Trinidad, is not on the table as part of a peace agreement.
“Simon Trinidad is not a part of this agreement, he was never made part of the agreement and he is not a part of the agreement now, so that is something that you would have to address to our justice department, it is not in the state department´s portfolio,” said Kerry.
Trinidad is serving a 60-year term at a maximum-security federal prison in Colorado for his role in the kidnapping of three U.S. government contractors in 2003.
Kerry is among some 2,500 foreign and local dignitaries expected to attend the 5 p.m. (2200 G.M.T.) ceremony in Cartagena, which precedes the Oct. 2 plebiscite.