Photo: New commander Felix Muñoz, alias Pastor Alape
The FARC’s top military commander was killed in an air strike five days ago. The guerrilla group has named a successor and vowed to intensify their fight to overthrow the Columbian government.
Felix Munoz (51) will become the new FARC Chief. Munoz has been the head of the Magdalena Block in central Colombia and US authorities report he is responsible for shipping hundreds of tons of cocaine out of Columbia.
President Jose Manuel Santos, who only took office last month, describes the death of the FARC leader as “the hardest blow” in the nearly half-a-century-old history of the rebel movement.
In the same message, FARC reiterates its willingness to begin peace talks with President Santos. However, FARC rejects the conditions that all kidnap victims be released, an end to hostilities and the hand over of all weapons that the government has established as pre-requisites to any dialog.