U.S. to revoke terrorist designation for Colombia's FARC, add breakaway groups
The United States will revoke its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as a foreign terrorist organization on
Tuesday while designating two breakaway groups as such, a senior State Department official said on Friday.
A review of the terrorist listing - required every five years under U.S. law - found that the leftist organization known by the Spanish acronym FARC should no longer be listed, The official said.
But the two dissident groups that have formed out of FARC, La Segunda Marquetalia and FARC-EP, or People's Army, would be designated as foreign terrorist organizations, the official said.
"It's a realignment to address these current threats," the official said. "The FARC that existed five years ago no longer exists."