Colombia's FARC is sorry for taking hostages during the conflict

Colombia's FARC is sorry for taking hostages during the conflictThe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels apologized for all the pain they caused by kidnaping thousands of people and demanding ransom as the guerilla movement is preparing to sign a peace deal with the government.

Marxist-Leninist force said in a video released late on Sunday that it had taken captives over the years but would not do so again.

"We want to acknowledge, with the sentiment of humanity and reconciliation, that during the conflict the FARC also caused great pain with the retention of people for ransom," FARC's commander and lead negotiator, Ivan Marquez, said in the recording.

"That conduct, while always used to sustain the needs of the rebellion, resulted in harming entire families," he added.

The official figures show that between 1970 and 2010 nearly 27,000 people were kidnapped. FARC is believed to captive as many as 90 percent of those.

FARC and Colombian government on August 24 reached an agreement to sign the peace accord after half of century war had killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions. According to the agreement, 7,000 FARC fighters will be incorporated into society and permitted to form a political party.

The peace agreement is scheduled to be signed September 26. The deal will then be put to a vote in a plebiscite on October 2, allowing Colombians to decide whether to accept the accord.
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