The Colombian government announced Monday the end of the ceasefire agreements with FARC terrorists following the killing of four children who tried to flee forced recruitment. The minors were killed by the Carolina Ramirez front of the FARC's Central General Staff in Putumayo.
The ONIC (National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon) reported that, on May 17, four children were shot repeatedly. The children belonged to the Murui ethnic group and had managed to escape after being forcibly recruited. After their escape, the FARC-EP rebels hunted them down and killed them.
On Monday, Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced that the Colombian government unilaterally decided to suspend the agreements that included the ceasefire with the rebel group.
Hours before this announcement, Petro called the murder of the children "a slap in the face of peace."
El asesinato de 4 menores indígenas en Putumayo es un crimen atroz, una bofetada a la paz que violenta las bases del Derecho Internacional Humanitario. He convocado una reunión de seguridad extraordinaria para anunciar medidas frente a estos hechos.
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) May 21, 2023
FARC rebel terrorists responded to the announcement by increasing their threats against the Colombian population. In a statement, they point out that this unilateral cessation "will unleash war and will multiply the dead, wounded and prisoners."
A government opposition group reminded Gustavo Petro of warnings about the dangers of negotiating with the narco-guerrillas. They accuse the Colombian president of promoting terrorist control in the country under the guise of "total peace."
El primer responsable de la escalda de violencia es Petro; que bajo el engaño de la paz total, dejó a Colombia en manos de los terroristas.
Si a las FARC les hubieran perseguido y no pactado supuestos ceses al fuego, se hubiera evitado hechos como la masacre de 4 niños. pic.twitter.com/QghS7BlykV
— María Fernanda Cabal (@MariaFdaCabal) May 22, 2023