Cuba: Colombia's Farv and Eln
David Crow asked for evidence that Castro was training Colombia's FARC. Randy Black replies: Even since the September attacks Castro was discovered hosting terrorist groups such as the IRA, who are training the Marxist guerrillas – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – responsible for a savage terror and urban bombing campaign in Colombia. There are also reportedly a small number of Cubans currently providing support and advice to the FARC (though their exact role is unconfirmed), and Colombian military intelligence has intercepted guerrilla radio communications in which senior FARC military commanders talk about forming an "anti-imperialist front" to launch terrorist attacks against targets in the United States.
Colombia's two largest terrorist organizations, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, both maintained a permanent presence (in Cuba).
2001-The US is involved in this crisis on the government’s side as a result of Plan Colombia, which is strenuously objected to by the FARC, a narco-terrorist organization that initially had overt Castro support and recently has maintained a more discrete relationship with Cuba. The other guerrilla group, the ELN, is openly supported by Castro who, ironically, now hosts the peace conversations between this group and the Colombian government.
Cuba still provides sanctuary for terrorists from a number of organizations. It also maintains close diplomatic ties with other state sponsors of terrorism. Affiliated Groups: ETA, US Fugitives, FARC & ELN (alleged). Source: US State Dept. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/terrorism4.html
July 2004: Castro has recently concentrated his support on several groups: the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), where Castro, and his new ally Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, see significant possibilities for success; ETA, the Basque terrorist/separatist organization from Spain, which has found refuge and support in Cuba, and the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which established its Latin American headquarters in Havana.
Explosives management training for the FARC by the IRA, and possibly by other foreign-based terrorists suspected by the Colombians, such as Cubans, Iranians, ETA (the Spanish Basque terrorist group), among others, has
markedly improved the FARC’s proficiency in urban terrorism in the last few years. ETA has had past relations with the IRA, is active in both Cuba and Colombia, and may provide the link which brought the FARC and IRA together.
(Note: The Sinn Fein representative arrested August, 2001 in Colombia was Cuban-based and Spanish-speaking.)
ELN and FARC: Cuba provides some medical care and political consultation.
Source: US State Dept. http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2001/html/10252.htm#eln
The Forum of Sao Paulo is Castro's worldwide alliance, and its members are quite a rogue's gallery. In addition to the heads of state mentioned above, the Forum also includes the Provisional IRA, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Baath Party, and representatives from Libya, the Tupac Amaru guerrillas in Peru and assorted other terror organizations. Also represented are the communist parties of the remaining "dead-enders" of the communist world _ China, Laos, Vietnam and North Korea.
2002: In 2002, Cuba continued to host several terrorists and US fugitives. Havana permitted up to 20 Basque Fatherland and Liberty members to reside in Cuba and provided some degree of safehaven and support to members of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN) groups. Bogota was aware of the arrangement and apparently acquiesced; it has publicly indicated that it seeks Cuba’s continued mediation with ELN agents in Cuba. An accused Irish Republican Army (IRA) weapons expert and longtime resident of Havana went on trial in Colombia in 2002. He had been caught a year earlier in Colombia with two other IRA members and detained for allegedly training the FARC in advanced use of explosives. Some US fugitives continued to live on the island.
Cuba continued to provide support to designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, as well as to host several terrorists and dozens of fugitives from US justice. Cuba refuses to return suspected terrorists to countries when it alleges that a receiving government could not provide a fair trial because the charges against the accused are “political.”
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