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ICYMI: Rubio: U.S. Must Stand Firm Against Narco-Terrorists, No Matter What Concessions Petro Makes

Feb 15, 2023 | Press Releases

The U.S. Must Stand Firm Against Narco-Terrorists, No Matter What Concessions Petro Makes
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
February 13, 2023

This week, the Colombian government resumed peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN)…in Mexico City…. On its face, bringing…bloodshed to a close would seem to be a good thing. But true peace cannot be achieved without long-term solutions to the threat of narco-terrorism. That’s why Petro’s approach of reaching deals at all costs is problematic.

Petro, as a former M-19 guerilla member, thinks appeasing rebel groups and criminal organizations is the best way to negotiate. He doesn’t realize that so long as murderers and drug dealers run free, they will continue to disrupt peace and destroy lives.

Petro is also willing to sacrifice Colombia’s long-term commitments with the United States. Colombia agreed to allow the U.S. to extradite Colombian nationals who commit crimes against Americans to be tried on U.S. soil. Yet Petro asked his government to suspend the arrest warrants of five such criminals to further his talks with the ELN….

Fortunately, Colombia’s attorney general refused Petro’s requests, stating “[t]here will be no lifting or suspension of arrest warrants for extradition.” Unfortunately, Petro has allies in the Biden Administration. They are Obama-era holdovers who, like the Colombian president, favor appeasement for dangerous groups—especially if those groups are left-wing….

President Biden should not listen to these so-called experts, because what they seek is in the interest of neither Colombia nor the U.S. This administration must stand firm against narco-terrorists who harm American citizens, no matter what Petro demands for his negotiations.

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