Farc says it will keep kidnapping police officers and soldiers

In a statement released from Cuba, the Farc guerrilla announced it will continue to kidnap members of the military forces and police officers.  “We reserve the right to capture members of the public forces as prisoners. They are called prisoners of war and this phenomenon occurs in any conflict anywhere in the world,” the statement said.

Farc negotiators, who are currently involved in peace talks with the Colombian Government in Havana, Cuba,  also urged the Government to agree to exchange these so-called ‘prisoners of war’ and committed to refraining from kidnapping for profit.

Colombia’s Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, said he is holding Farc responsible for the lives of two police officers abducted in Valle del Cauca.

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