Colombian FARC rebels show sympathy with Syrian Kurds, but deny intention to join fight against ISIS

Guerrillas of the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). File photo: AFP

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – Tanja Nijmeijer, general commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -People’s Army (FARC-EP), denied reports about the intention of his forces to join the Kurds in the fight against ISIS.

In an exclusive interview with ARA News, Nijmeijer –also known as Alexandra Nariño– described the news about the FARC’s intention to join Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria as “baseless”.

“It would be completely illogical for a guerilla army that is busy preparing for the transition to peace, disarmament and political participation, to join such a fight,” she told ARA News.

Nijmeijer is part of the peace talks with the Colombian government negotiators to try to end a 52-year war that has claimed the lives of many civilians.

On 23 June, the Columbian government and FARC rebels reached a historical agreement to end the fighting, but disagreements still remain.

Nevertheless, FARC sympathizes with the YPG and had contact with female members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and learned a lot about the YPG and the Women’s Protection units (YPJ) through the media. 

“We have learned about their close relationship with civilian women, we have seen videos of it. They are full of coherence, courage, and solidarity,” Nijmeijer told the local news agency Hawar in an earlier interview. 

“But sympathizing is one thing, and joining them is something else,” she added. 

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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