Pablo Catatumbo says Farc will give up weapons, but not hand them over
Farc chief, alias “Pablo Catatumbo”, who is participating in peace talks between the Colombian government and Farc in Havana, Cuba, said the guerrilla group is willing to give up their weapons, but will not hand them over.
“For us it’s a matter of principle to give them up, but not hand them over. Those weapons have cost us a lot of blood, there are many dead, many widows behind those weapons,” he said. The problem, the Farc leader explained, is not the weapons themselves, but the effect they cause, hence the guerrilla is very much aware of the fact that, at some point, there will have to be a discussion as far as what to do with all the war weaponry.
Catatumbo, who has been in Havana for two months and was close to “Alfonso Cano”, killed in combat in 2011, said “if what they want is the satisfaction of humiliating us, don’t ask us that, but we can find the way to make it so that those weapons are no longer used for war (…) Nelson Mandela never handed over a gun (…)”.
The Farc representative made these statements in response to President Juan Manuel Santos’ recent comments about Farc’s refusal to hand over the weapons.