As a response to the assassination of four Indigenous children at the hands of leftist guerrillas, Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Monday announced the suspension of a ceasefire with those insurgents in four volatile districts.
Petro stated that the ceasefire between the two sides “is suspended and all offensive operations are reactivated” in the regions of Meta, Caqueta, Guaviare, and Putumayo.
Dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who are no longer armed, are responsible for the execution of four children and teens from the Murui Indigenous village in southern Colombia, according to statements made by the police on Sunday.
These four regions are a stronghold for FARC dissident guerrillas who refused to join a peace pact in 2016 that saw the majority of rebels lay down their arms and form a communist political party. The accord saw most of the rebels lay down their arms and form the political party.
After defecting from a dissident branch of FARC known as the Carolina Ramirez front, the four Murui kids were executed on the border between the southern departments of Caqueta and Amazonas, the country’s human rights ombudsman said in a statement on Sunday. The execution took place on the border between the two departments.
The front was one of the factions that complied with a ceasefire that was established by the government a few months ago, and it was scheduled to begin new peace talks with the government very soon.
“Recruiting youngsters and adolescents from indigenous communities and then executing them are hardly acts of kindness toward achieving peace. The Ombudsman made the point that “in addition to being clear violations of international humanitarian law.”
Petro referred to the killings as “an atrocious crime, a blow to peace,” and he warned that “measures against these actions” will be taken.
Petro made the announcement of a bilateral ceasefire with a large number of armed groups before the close of the previous year.
However, as a result of the failure of the peace process to continue with the National Liberation Army rebels and the Gulf Clan drug traffickers, three of those cease-fires have now come to an end.