Colombian Defense Minister Resigned
In the bombardment of elements of the former Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) that did not accept the peace agreement, after news of 8 children died, Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero resigned.
After a meeting with President Ivan Duque, Botero wanted to resign, on the grounds that he had hidden the death of eight underage persons, including a 12-year-old girl.
President Duque, commented on her social media account, announced that he accepted Botero’s resignation and that Chief of General Staff Luis Fernando Navarro was appointed as the new Minister of Defense. Duque thanked Botero for his “sacrifice and leadership” and argued that “great results” were achieved during the time of his ministry.
Duque, who stating that the FARC opponents and other big armed rebels left in the country were hit by the National Liberation Army (ELN), stated that Botero’s kidnapping incidents in the country halved, the murders reduced by 2 percent.
The Colombian army carried out an air raid on the camp of the FARC dissidents on August 30, in the town of San Vicente del Caugan, in the Caqueta district, A large number of militants, including Gildardo Cucho, one of the top figures in the organization, were killed and announced that by President Duque the next day.
Opposition Senator Roy Barreras, speaking at the Senate the previous day for Botero’s dismissal, announced that in the operation, the FARC opponents were killed children between the ages of 12 and 17 also died and Botero hiding this issue from public.
Botero, on the other hand, defended himself, claiming that there was no information about the presence of people under the age of 18 in the camp.
The news in the country’s press reported that security forces were informed about the presence of children who were forced into arms in the region many times before the operation.