The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country’s government. EurActiv Spain reports.
Ahead of a formalisation of the deal between FARC and the Colombian government, the EU indicated that it could soon remove the group from its terrorist blacklist.
“FARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organisations in Colombia,” confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU “has strongly supported the Colombia peace deal”.
Kocijancic also added that the list is “always under review” and that the “necessary considerations will be made” in light of the signing of the peace agreement later today.
European Parliament leader Antonio Tajani has insisted that political relations with Latin America are a “priority” for Europe, highlighting the potential for cooperation on trade and security in particular. EurActiv Spain reports.
The EU’s list is made up of terrorist groups and individuals, both within and outside of the Union’s territory, and is regularly revised by the Council or at least every six months.
In addition to this regular, biannual revision, the Council can, at any time, review and make changes to the list.
Entities and people on the list can be subjected to sanctions such as freezing of assets or bank accounts, as well as additional judicial measures.
The European Court of Justice last week recommended that Hamas and the Tamil Tigers be removed from the list because of administrative errors made during the application process. Both Israel and Sri Lanka’s governments strongly opposed the move.
The European Union’s top court took a step toward confirming the removal of Hamas, as well as the Tamil Tigers, from an EU terrorism blacklist despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reached a peace agreement back in August in Havana, after nearly four years of negotiations. It will be signed later today in Cartagena and submitted to a referendum on 2 October.
On her first trip to Bogotá as the EU’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini promised Colombia aid totalling some €575 million to be used once the deal has been signed.
During the negotiations in Havana, the EU also appointed Irishman Eamon Gilmore as its special peace envoy to Colombia.