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Colombia: Chávez's request about rebel groups is "disproportionate"

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The Colombian government Friday branded as "disproportionate" Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's petition to acknowledge the Colombian guerrilla groups as political players and to stop calling such groups terrorist organizations, AFP reported.

"This is a disproportionate proposal. The government cannot accept such a request," Colombian Minister of the Interior Carlos Holguín said.

"No organization is branded as terrorist without reasons; that comes as a result of their actions," Holguín said, reminding that the FARC is an organization that plants bombs against unarmed civilians, kidnaps and kills women and children in actions unrelated to combats.

Earlier on Friday, Chávez asked both Latin America and Europe to remove the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN) from the list of terrorist groups.

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