Dutch FARC guerilla is part of peace negotion team: media reports
A young Dutch woman who joined the Colombian FARC guerilla movement 10 years ago, is part of the negotiating team between the rebel group and Colombian government, Nos television quotes South American media as saying.
According to Spanish language media and quoted by the Dutch press, Tanja Nijmeijer was added to the negotiating team at the last minute because of her language skills, a decision which has delayed the start of the talks.
The talks are due to kick of this week in Oslo, Norway, with a joint press conference, after which detailed negotiations would start in Havana, Reuters reports. But according to the Volkskrant, problems with having the arrest warrant for Nijmeijer lifted have delayed the start.
In 2010 the US issued arrest warrants for Nijmeijer and 17 other FARC members in connection with the deaths and kidnapping of Americans and a Colombian.
Nijmeijer, who graduated in Spanish from Groningen University in 2002, hit the headlines in 2007 when her diaries were found after government troops attacked a rebel camp. In the diaries, she was very critical of her life with the FARC movement.
In 2010, she was thought to have been killed in a government raid, but that later turned out not to be the case.
In 2011 she gave a television interview explaining her full commitment to the cause, which was broadcast by the Nos.
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