What is it about John Kerry and terrorists? He really enjoys working with them.
Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with the head negotiators of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the world’s largest Marxist terrorist organization, during his visit to Cuba alongside President Obama Monday.
FARC leadership has made Havana its headquarters following years of joint Colombian miltary and CIA counterterrorism operations against them that forced them to flee the country. The group is currently engaged in “peace talks” with the government of Colombia, though the talks have yet to yield any concrete results. It is not clear what will be on the agenda for Kerry and FARC terror leaders to discuss.
FARC negotiator Pastor Alape and a member of the Colombian government confirmed to Reuters that the meeting had been scheduled. Colombia’s El Tiempo notes that Kerry will meet with the terror leaders “to ratify [Washington’s] position as an ally of the peace negotiations but, at the same time, to give the talks a push so that the final signing of a deal does not continue to get delayed.”
FARC leaders will meet with Kerry at 4 p.m. local time Monday. Kerry is expected to meet with Colombian government negotiators an hour prior. While Reuters speculated that the meetings may occur during an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, El Tiempo reports the talks will take place at the FARC’s base in El Laguito, a high-end neighborhood in Havana populated by notable communist government allies. President Barack Obama will attend the game with Cuban dictator Raúl Castro.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met privately with the leadership of the FARC after holding a separate meeting with Colombian government officials.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed to leading members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that the United States firmly backs the peace process and will support the implementation of an eventual deal.
Kerry met in private with the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, in Havana Cuba after holding a separate private meeting with representatives of the Colombian government.
FARC Commander Pastor Alape said on his Twitter account after the end of the meeting with Kerry that the secretary of state had confirmed U.S. support for the implementation of the peace deal.
The long and close relationship between Colombia and the United States implicates the latter in efforts to achieve peace. The U.S. government once openly backed and funded counter-insurgency efforts aimed at militarily defeating the FARC.
Earlier this year, the U.S. government announced the U.S. efforts would shift away from counter-insurgency to supporting a post-conflict Colombia.