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Shock reversal: Chavez tells FARC they might as well just quit.

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By See-Dubya  •  June 8, 2008 07:52 PM

Here’s a little dedication, going out to new FARC commander Alfonso Cano, from…Hugo in Caracas.

It’s not very often I agree with Hugo Chavez, but I can’t really disagree with him on this:

In his weekly television and radio programme on Sunday, Mr Chavez urged Mr Cano to “let all these people go”.

“There are old folk, women, sick people, soldiers who have been prisoners in the mountain for 10 years,” he added.

“The guerrilla war is history. At this moment in Latin America, an armed guerrilla movement is out of place.”

BBC Americas editor Emilio San Pedro says the message amounts to all-out about-face for a man who a few months called on the world to recognise the Farc as a legitimate army.

Wow, they’ve had a bad year, and it just got worse. Without Papa Hugo backing them, the FARC is running short of allies in this hemisphere. Maybe they should follow this lady’s lead and hang up their Kalashnikovs.

On the other hand, if you’ve got Nancy Pelosi and Obama in your corner, Chavez is small fry.

UPDATE: Chavez recently announced a controversial counterintelligence scheme that would have forced citizens to spy on each other. In the same announcement in which he addressed the FARC, he also mentioned he was withdrawing the new law.

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{Post by See-Dubya} Cano’s name was corrected.

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