FARC accepts blame for ‘cruelty, pain’

AFP-JIJI

FARC rebels for the first time accepted partial responsibility Tuesday for the thousands of victims of Colombia’s nearly 50-year-old insurgency.

The statement was read out by a top FARC negotiator on the sidelines of peace talks in Havana between the leftist rebel group and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos.

“Without a doubt, there has also been cruelty and pain provoked by our forces,” negotiator Pablo Catatumbo said. “Still, we must recognize the need to approach the issue of victims, their identification and reparations with complete loyalty to the cause of peace and reconciliation.”