Colombia: Missing Farc leader Iván Márquez re-appears on video

A former commander of Colombia’s Farc rebel group, Iván Márquez, has released a video six months after going into hiding.

In the film, he accuses the government of betraying the terms of the historic peace agreement signed in 2016.

He says 400 community leaders and 85 former fighters have been killed since the peace accord was signed .

Mr Márquez led the Farc’s negotiating team in the talks, which were held in Cuba and lasted four years.

The Farc always said that it feared reprisals from those who opposed the peace process.

In April, one of its most senior leaders, Jesús Santrich, was arrested at the request of the United States, accused of drug trafficking.

Soon after that, Mr Márquez resigned from his seat in the Colombian Senate and went into hiding.

Mr Márquez does not reveal his whereabouts during the 12-minute video, which he prepared for the 24th International Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin.

The Farc, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is now a political party known as the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force with five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives.

‘Results are disheartening’

Mr Márquez said the left-wing group had made a crucial mistake during the final phase of the negotiations: “We agreed to lay down our weapons before securing an agreement on the political, economic and social integration of the fighters.”

But the former commander, whose real name is Luciano Marín,…

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