President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday the recent statements made by the FARC leader are not enough for the government to begin negotiations with the left-wing guerrilla group, international media reported.
“The Colombian state has been generous and willing to open that possible dialogue, provided that they give valid and convincing proof, that we have not seen, that they want some kind of agreement,” Santos asserted.
The president said that FARC’s supreme leader “Alfonso Cano’s” comments were not a “reliable” test of the guerrilla group’s desire to lay down their arms and seriously consider a peace agreement.
The Colombian head of state also reaffirmed the government’s willingness to militarily engage left-wing rebel groups such as the FARC and ELN until they were all in “jail or the grave.”
“Our responsibility is to persevere until we have that secure and peaceful country,” he concluded.