WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement condemning U.S. Department of State’s notice to remove The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) and calling on Biden administration to not move forward with this decision. Earlier this year, Senator Scott introduced a resolution reaffirming the United States’ commitment to Colombia, America’s strongest ally in Latin America, and condemning any efforts to undermine democracy and encourages the international community to join the United States in standing with Colombia.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The FARC has been attacking, threatening and inflicting terror to the people of Colombia and our hemisphere for decades. This terrorist organization backed by the Castro and Maduro regimes has constantly attempted to destabilize Colombia’s democracy. It is absolutely unacceptable that the Biden administration would even consider removing FARC from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations with absolutely no proof they can be trusted or justification for this decision, especially during Colombia’s Presidential race for 2022. This move clearly shows where Biden’s loyalty lies: with the far-left, socialist candidate Gustavo Petro.
“The United States should be leading the international community in the fight to defend peace, freedom and democracy, and Colombia is our greatest democratic ally in Latin America and a partner in combatting drug trafficking and terrorism. But once again, Biden chooses appeasement over the security and stability of our hemisphere, completely betraying the United States and Colombia’s commitment to promoting security, prosperity, human rights and democracy across the Western Hemisphere. President Biden must take a stand and be on the right side of history by not moving forward with this terrible decision.”