The FARC party rejects Duque's statements about Cuba and its relationship with the ELN

The FARC party, which emerged from the demobilization of the former guerrillas, rejected on Sunday the statement made by the Colombian president, Iván Duque, that Cuba must ask itself if it prefers to have a relationship with the South American country or with criminals, referring to the Liberation Army National (ELN).

"The Government of Cuba has been fundamental for the construction of the peace of Colombia and the world. Thanks to the cooperation of this nation and the other guarantor and accompanying countries, the Havana Agreement could be signed," said the Alternative Force Revolutionary of the Common (FARC) in a statement, in which he described as "reckless and threatening" the declarations of the president.

Duque said last Friday in Miami that if the Government of Cuba does not comply with the extradition of the guerrilla leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN) who are on the island, it will be clear that he "prefers" a relationship with the "criminals" "than with Colombia.

"If you value the relationship with Colombia, you will proceed to extradition," he emphasized.

The head of state affirmed that his Government analyzed the 17 months of conversations that the previous executive held, of Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018), with the ELN, and determined that during that time this guerrilla committed more than 400 attacks, more than 100 murders and more than 10 kidnappings.

"That is not a will for peace," he said.

In this regard, the party that emerged from the guerrillas, which in November 2016 signed a peace agreement with the Government, asked Duque to resume negotiations with the ELN and "and encourage the submission of existing armed structures to justice. to do, in order to move towards a complete peace. "

On the request that Duque made to the island to extradite the ELN negotiators, the party recalled that this delegation "traveled to Cuba under the authorization of the Colombian State and under the protection of the guarantor and accompanying countries, as did the delegation of the former FARC at the time. "

"Therefore, negotiators must be returned to the country under the conditions of the protocols signed by the parties," added the Common Revolutionary Alternative Force.

Finally, the FARC expressed its "solidarity with the Cuban Government" and called for dialogue to both countries "to reach a consensus that does not affect the relationship of brotherhood between the two peoples."

In February 2017, the ELN initiated peace negotiations with the previous Colombian Government in Quito, which in May 2018 were transferred to Havana where the last round of dialogues concluded without progress at the beginning of August last year.

However, President Duque conditioned the continuity of the peace talks to stop that group from kidnapping and freeing the people he has kidnapped.

After the car bomb attack against the Francisco de Paula Santander General Police Cadet School in Bogotá that left 23 dead cadets last January, these dialogues are at a standstill and the Colombian government asked Cuba to hand over the guerrilla negotiators They are in Havana.

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