If Mono Jojoy gives up, he can be free, says Uribe

· Conflict, Politic, Society, Violence

President Uribe said that if Mono Jojoy, one of the strongest leaders of the Farc guerrilla, whose real name is Jorge Briceño Suárez, gives up, he could obtain benefits from the government and even freedom.

Briceño Suárez, better known by his war name as “Mono Jojoy”, belongs to the Farc guerrilla since 1975. He is a member of the secretariat of the Farc.

Uribe made the announcement in Washington where he went to receive the Medal of Freedom given by president Bush.

The invitation to Suárez by the government came after a polemic interview given by Alfonso Cano, the maximum leader of Farc, to the Spaniard magazine Cambio 16. In that interview, Cano said that he is ready to have talks with Uribe if this one guarantee the security. What was polemic is that for the first time, Farc does not mention the issue of a demilitarized area that was an unmoved condition of the guerrilla to any intention of peace dialogue, while it was radically opposed by the government.

Uribe said in Washington that Briceño Suárez (Mono Jojoy), would not receive pardon and amnesty, but he can get freedom.

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