Peru’s President Humala: ‘terrorism is not over’

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On Wednesday President Ollanta Humala said terrorism in Peru was not over, and stressed that his government would continue to fight terrorist remnants.

"We can’t say that terrorism is over,” Humala said, according to state news agency Andina.

“I think it’s a mistake that has been committed by the state, resting on its laurels regarding important arrests, but not combating the rest of the organization.”

Humala delivered his remarks during the >20th anniversary of the capture of Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman.

Humala ruled out starting a negotiating process with the Shining Path, similar to the one Colombia had carried out with the FARC. “Here, we will fight them, and rest assured that we will beat them,” Humala said.

"We can not talk to terrorists who kill in cold blood, kidnap children, do not respect the fundamental rights of the people and, using terror, kidnapping or extortion of the authorities, attempt to change the country’s democratic path,” he added.

The president emphasized that his government had been able to dismantle Shining Path operatives in the Alto Huallaga, and said they were now focusing on fighting the group in the jungle area known as the VRAEM.

On Wednesday President Ollanta Humala said terrorism in Peru was not over, and stressed that his government would continue to fight terrorist remnants.

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