FARC envoy can't travel to peace talks

Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

BOGOTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An international alert is preventing a negotiator for a guerrilla group from taking part in peace talks next week with the Colombian government, officials say.

Andres Paris will not be able to travel to Norway as part of the negotiating team for Colombia's largest guerrilla group, FARC, if a "red alert" posted by Interpol is not removed, Colombia Reports said Tuesday.

The United States asked Interpol to post the alert, and the international police agency cannot take it down without a request from U.S. authorities.

U.S. agencies including the State Department, Justice Department and the U.S. embassy in Colombia did not know if the notice would be taken down or if the cancellation had been requested.

Of the 10 FARC negotiators scheduled to go to Norway, three had active red notices on the Interpol website on Monday. Two of the red alerts were removed Tuesday at the request of the Colombian government.

Three arrest warrants have been issued for Paris, who is accused of conspiracy, terrorism, rebellion, forced disappearance and forced displacement.

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