Colombia Captures Woman Rebel Close to FARC Chief
By Dialogo October 20, 2010The comrades of the FARC should start thinking about a negotiated settlement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, since their luck will bring death in fighting. Better a negotiated solution to participate openly in politics, even if they fail to recognize that in Colombia the ones demobilizing without prior agreement, will be murdered. However, the possibility of living and participating in legal political actions is always better especially when the avenues for conquest of power by force are denied outright. So I think the path is negotiated demobilization, releasing the hostages and also demanding the release of imprisoned guerrillas.
Colombian authorities have captured two senior rebel leaders, including a woman who was part of the security detail of the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), police said on 18 October.
Police Colonel Flavio Mesa said high-ranking FARC members Margot Silva and Toribio Saavedra were picked up in operations in the towns of Hobo and Pitalito, in the southern department of Huila.
Silva, alias ‘Daniela’, and Saavedra were considered important members of the Central Joint Command of Colombia’s main insurgency, with 8,000 fighters at arms, Mesa added.
‘Daniela’ was a radio operator for the column that protects FARC leader Alfonso Cano, who took over the guerrilla leadership after the death of Manuel Marulanda (‘Tirofijo’).
Soldiers and police backed by military air power have been combing rural and mountainous areas for months searching for Cano in Huila, Cauca and Tolima.
President Juan Manuel Santos’ government has been waging a multi-front offensive against the FARC. Last month, FARC military leader and number two Victor Julio Suarez, alias ‘Mono Jojoy’, and other ranking rebels were killed in a raid.