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.