EU suspends Colombia’s FARC from terror list
THE European Union said yesterday it had suspended Colombia’s FARC rebel group from its terror list following the official signing of a peace accord between the leftist rebel force and the Columbian government.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was added to the EU terror list in 2002. The list details the “persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts and subject to restrictive measures”.
Its suspension came into force following the historic signing of the peace agreement on September 26 in a ceremony in the colonial city of Cartagena. The move will have a significant practical impact, an EU official told AFP.
“The effect of the suspension is that the FARC will remain on the list of terrorist entities, but the restrictive measures [asset-freeze and prohibition on making funds available] will stop applying,” the official said.
“As a consequence, EU persons and entities will be able to provide funding to members of the FARC as part of the implementation of the peace process.”
The sanctions will be suspended for a period of six months, after which they will be reviewed. –