U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the continuation of negotiations this week between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The choice of Cuba as the place to hold peace talks is especially outrageous given that only last month a North Korea-bound ship carrying illegal arms was caught leaving from Cuba, reaffirming that the Castro regime is complicit in criminal activities that endanger the security of our Hemisphere. Couple that with the fact that the U.S. recently indicted FARC-related criminals in Africa earlier this year on cocaine and weapons-trafficking charges, and this is a recipe for disaster.
"This is just another political charade dreamed up by the Castro regime. The tyrannical regime in Cuba has threatened our national security and ruled with an iron fist for decades now against the 11 million people oppressed on the island nation. For decades, the Castro brothers have actively supported and provided a safe haven to FARC members in their violent campaign to destabilize Colombia and the entire region through murders, kidnappings, narco-trafficking, and other nefarious activities.