Colombia announces death of top FARC dissident leader

The main dissident chief of the former FARC guerrilla, Nestor Vera, alias “Iván Mordisco”, was killed with nine other rebels in an attack by the Colombian army in southwest Colombia, the country’s Defense Minister announced today.

This operation, which allowed the neutralization of nine individuals from the first dissident front of the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] and the neutralization of ‘Ivan Mordisco’, allows us to point out that this was an operation in which the last great leader of the FARC and constitutes a final lunge for dissent,” Minister Diego Molano said at a press conference in Bogotá.

In 2016, a historic peace agreement between the Government of Bogotá and the FARC turned guerrilla formation into a legal political party and considerably reduced violence, although numerous armed groups continue to be active in the country, including dissidents from this organization.

Last November, the US State Department removed the FARC from the list of foreign terrorist organizations, but without changing its position in the face of legal proceedings directed against former leaders of the former Colombian guerrilla.

However, a dissident group rejected the ceasefire conditions and continued the armed struggle, similar to the National Liberation Army (ELN), with its formations fighting each other in different regions of the country.

The ELN guerrillas began peace talks with Bogotá in 2018, but these were interrupted following an attack on a police academy that left 23 dead.

In parallel, dozens of social activists and former FARC guerrillas who laid down their arms were murdered in the last five years, in actions attributed to far-right paramilitary groups with the alleged involvement of security forces.

Last June 19, Gustavo Petro was elected the first left-wing president in the history of Colombia, obtaining 50.47% of the votes in the second round of the elections, defeating the right-wing candidate Rodolfo Hernández, who obtained 47.27% of the votes cast.

Source: With Agencies

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