Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Sep 28, 2008 Leave a comment

New mails link Chavez and Cordoba to FARC

Documents and e-mails from FARC leader Alfonso Cano leaked to newspaper El Espectador again link the Venezuelan Government and Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba to Colombian guerrilla group FARC.

According to the newspaper, a 3-page document — currently investigated by the Colombian military — shows how the Chavez administration and the opposition senator are part of a 14-point FARC plan to fight the seemingly successful Democratic Security policy of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

The strategy involves the necessity for Piedad Cordoba, currently senator for the Liberal Party, to form a broad “people’s party” and seek an alliance with the Bolivarian Movement, allegedly led by the FARC.

“Helpful friends of President Chavez” would maintain an international political front to pressure the Colombian Government.

Cano writes the FARC secretariat will also increase its efforts to strengthen ties with the ELN, Colombia’s second largest rebel group and is even considering a partial fusion with the Marxist colleagues.

The FARC leader admits the Colombian armed forces have won geographical space “and misuse of our social resources have also affected the political space”. To battle these losses, Cano writes, the Marxists should return to guerrilla warfare and increase the increase of use of anti-personnel mines.

To be able to hit the army harder, Cano wants to raise US$6 million and buy missiles and deploy snipers.

The FARC has been fighting the Colombian State since 1964 and is considered a terrorist group by both the United States Government and the European Union.