The European Union has said it will keep Colombia’s FARC rebels on its terrorism list, even though that could block possible peace talks. The EU clarified its stance after a meeting between its diplomatic chief Javier Solana and Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe in Brussels. In an interview with EuroNews, Uribe was asked why he was keeping up his hardline approach, even after the high-profile release of two female prisoners.
“Firstly because they are a violent group in a democratic country,” said Uribe. “And secondly because they are financed by drug money. The Colombian government welcomes any unilateral freeing of prisoners by the FARC. But the only negotiation we will entertain will be by the Catholic church and certain foreign mediators.”
The full interview with Alvaro Uribe will be on EuroNews from Wednesday evening (23rd).