FARC peace negotiators told Colombian media on Thursday that they did not know for certain what happened in the case of two murdered Colombian police officers and five kidnapped oil workers this week.
The FARC’s lead negotiator Ivan Marquez reportedly said the FARC had some information concerning the murders and kidnappings but it was not sufficient to address publicly.
Marquez then reiterated a point that the FARC has stressed several times before, the need for a bilateral truce between the guerilla and government forces during the development of peace talks.
President Santos and the Colombian government have repeatedly dismissed the idea of a bilateral ceasefire claiming the FARC would use any lull in the conflict to reequip and fortify its armed capabilities.
Last Saturday two police officers were found murdered in the southwestern state of Nariño after earlier having been reported kidnapped. Colombian security officials have reportedly linked the murders to the FARC 29 Front active in the region.
On Thursday five oil workers kidnapped from a car in remote area of the central Meta state were released. Some authorities have attributed this incident to the FARC’s 27 Front which is active in the area.
The FARC has not admitted involvement in either incident.
- Las farc en La Habana no tiene “información cierta” del asesinato de dos carabineros y el secuestro de cinco trabajadores (Minuto 30)