Colombia’s largest guerrilla group FARC on Thursday requested that rebel critics be held accountable for its responsibility in the government.
The FARC, currently involved with peace talks with the government in Cuba, said that those who have demanded clarity over the group’s hostages must be held “accountable” for their “inescapable responsibility” during the country’s 48-year-long conflict.
While not explicitly mentioning who, FARC negotiator Jesus Santrich accused Colombians other than the FARC of being guilty of “imposing the tragedy of war that has engulfed Colombia in a deep humanitarian crisis just to please the economic interests of the wealthy.”
The FARC was founded by peasants opposing the the-government in 1964 with the purpose of imposing a socialist society. 48 years later, hundreds of thousands of Colombians are thought to have been killed or disappeared at the hands of guerrilla groups, right-wing paramilitary forces and the army.