Seven FARC guerrillas were killed and five others arrested in a military operation conducted on September 3 in the center of the Colombia, reported the country’s Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, shortly after the group confirmed talks with the government.
In a statement to the press, Pinzón pointed out that in a joint operation by the Colombian Air Force and the Army in Puerto Concordia, a remote rural area of the department (province) of Meta, seven FARC guerrillas died on the morning of September 3, and another five were captured, one of them wounded.
Among those arrested was the “third leader” of the seventh front of the guerrilla group, which was the target of the military operation, the Minister said without providing further details.
“This demonstrates the willingness of the police to work tirelessly to affect any organization devoted to terrorism and crime that goes against the Colombian people,” declared Pinzón.
On September 3, the FARC released a video that confirmed their willingness to develop a peace process with the Colombian government.
“We arrived at the negotiating table without rancor or arrogance,” top commander of the FARC, Rodrigo Londoño, alias “Timoleón Jiménez” or “Timochenko”, said in a message. “We have sworn we will prevail and we will,” he added.
President Juan Manuel Santos revealed on August 27 that “exploratory discussions” between his government and the FARC to end armed conflict of nearly 50 years, had been carried out, and he warned that the military operations will be maintained throughout the country during this process.