Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said this week that military forces know the exact hiding place and movements of the FARC guerrilla maximum leader, Alfonso Cano, and brushed aside any chance that he might escape.
“The military forces and the government know exactly in which area Cano is hiding”, said Santos during a speech countering doubts that the top rebel leader of the armed organization might have taken advantage of a “cleared area” (free of military operations) for the agreed release of hostages, to flee from where he was holed in.
“We know exactly where he and his command are moving; we would be stupid to cease operations in an area where he is, thus facilitating a possible escape”, added the Colombian president.
“We like to dialogue, but we are not stupid. We’re going to continue chasing him; we’ll be on his back, as we are now. That bandit will eventually fall into our nets as happened with Mono Jojoy”, said Santos.
Since Santos took office six months ago he has managed several significant coups against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the most recent the death during an air bombing in September 2010 of Mono Jojoy (Jorge Briceño) who was then number two and military commander of the terrorist organization.
In March 2008 when Santos was Defence minister of former President Alvaro Uribe, Raul Reyes, then number two of the organization was killed during a bombing and attack on FARC enclave in Ecuador, just across the Colombian border.
FARC originally a Marxist oriented political group that took to the mountains and guerrilla fighting, has in the last two decades turned into a military organization funded by the Colombian and Mexican narcotics barons.