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. 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.