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  • FARC leader and presidential candidate Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londoño told media he had outlined concerns about right-wing groups promoting intolerance.

    FARC leader and presidential candidate Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londoño told media he had outlined concerns about right-wing groups promoting intolerance. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 February 2018

The former guerrilla group turned political entity is analyzing the feasibility of returning to the campaign trail after Juan Manuel Santos' government offered 'guarantees.'

Colombia's Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) is considering resuming its presidential elections campaign which was suspended on February 9 due to security concerns

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Following a meeting with authorities on Saturday, the former guerrilla group turned political entity announced it's analyzing the feasibility of returning to the campaign trail after the government of Juan Manuel Santos offered 'guarantees.'

Late Friday, leaders of the FARC met with Interior Minister Guillermo Rivera to communicate the main concerns they have as a political organization.

FARC leader and presidential candidate Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londoño told media he had outlined his party's concerns about right-wing groups promoting intolerance and threatening violence in a bid to jeopardize the peace process.

"It is a public fact that we have been forced to suspend the open proselytism of our campaign against the wave of violent actions that has been unleashed by representatives of the extreme right. We never thought that would happen,” Londoño said, adding that perhaps he had misplaced his confidence in the political process.

He reaffirmed the FARC's commitment to national reconciliation, tolerance and mutual respect, condemning any violent actions taken against members of his – or any other – political party.

Posting on Twitter, Londoño said: "We have advocated condemning them together and taking concrete actions to curb the violence against any candidate, movement or political organization." 

The meeting was the last in a series between the FARC representatives and the Colombian government to discuss the ongoing attacks. 

During Friday's convocation, Londoño criticized the government’s failure to deliver the monetary advances guaranteed to political parties for the funding of their electoral campaigns with less than a month left until the parliamentary elections.

The FARC official said, “It’s shameful that the State would offer all sorts of promises... in the midst of a wave of violence which has affected and shamefully victimized over 200 social and popular leaders since the signing of the peace agreements. We are asked to wait and have faith while blood floods the homeland."

Londoño recently held a meeting with the head of the United Nations mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, and with government representatives from Cuba and Norway, to discuss the FARC's political reincorporation and electoral guarantees ahead of the presidential elections due May 27.

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