The FARC party withdrew this Thursday from a meeting of the Monitoring, Promotion and Verification Commission for the Implementation of the Peace Accords (CSIVI), in rejection of the inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries that do not cooperate against terrorism, drawn up by the US Department of StateRELATED
“On the morning of today, May 14, the CSIVI FARC delegation was forced to suspend the meeting that was taking place with the Colombian Government. This is due to the fact that the United States Department of State again placed Cuba as a non-collaborative country in the fight against terrorism, “Rodrigo Granda, a former guerrilla delegate to the Commission, said in a video.
The State Department announced yesterday that it included Cuba in the list of countries that “do not fully cooperate” with the United States, in the fight against terrorism, due in part to its “refusal to extradite ten members to Colombia” of the guerrilla of the National Liberation Army (ELN).
The guerrillas are in Havana because they were part of the delegation that was negotiating a peace agreement with the previous Colombian Government, a dialogue that has been paralyzed since August 2018.
After the terrorist attack by the ELN against the police cadet school in Bogotá, which in January 2019 left 22 cadets dead, including an Ecuadorian, and 66 wounded, the Colombian government asked them to extradite, but the island invoked a protocol diplomat related to the peace talks to not comply with that request.
“The United States is based on the fact that Cuba has not handed over to the ELN delegation that left for Cuba due to a signed treaty, a protocol between the Government, the guarantor countries and also the ELN in the event of a breakdown in the dialogues,” added Granda. .
The CSIVI was created as part of the peace agreement signed between the Government and the FARC in November 2016 and its functions include the creation of a plan to follow up on the implementation of the agreement.
The Colombian government considered yesterday that with the decision to include Cuba on the blacklist against terrorism, the United States gave a “boost” to its request for extradition of the ELN leaders.
“There is an endorsement of the Government of the United States to the Government of Colombia and to the insistent request of President Iván Duque and the Foreign Ministry to hand these people over to the Colombian justice system,” said the High Commissioner for Peace, Miguel Ceballos, in a statement. to the press.
The above was classified as “unheard of” by Granda, who considered that Ceballos “seems more like a delegate for the war” by challenging Cuba to hand over the ELN delegation.
“This is unheard of because Cuba is a guarantor country (for the peace talks). Furthermore, it is a country that has worked for peace for Colombia since before the talks began officially in Havana,” said Granda.
The representative of the FARC party said that Ceballos “has offended” the dignity of the Cuban ambassador, who participates in CSIVI meetings and said that they expect “a prompt response” from the Colombian government to resolve the situation.