Cable 926: Paramilitary Commanders in Peace Talks With Colombian Government

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This is a 2004 US embassy report providing biographical information on the most prominent right wing paramilitary commanders negotiating demobilization with the government of Colombia.
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  Wikileaks Note: The full text of this cable is notavailable. C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 05 BOGOTA 009702SUBJECT: WHO ARE THE PARAMILITARY COMMANDERS? REF: BOGOTA 9519Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Milton K. Druckerfor reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). -------Summary------- ¶1. (C) Paramilitary groups participating in peacetalks in Santa Fe de Ralito submitted a list to theOAS of their 14-member negotiating team and 19commanders who are present in the concentrationzone. The largest paramilitary group representedin the zone is the AUC, which is commanded by threenational leaders and several powerful regionalcommanders. The next largest group is the BCB,which has five commanders in the zone. Severalindependent groups participating in thenegotiations have one or two commanders in thezone. At least four of commanders present in thezone are under indictment in the U.S. on drugtrafficking charges. Three small paramilitarygroups remain outside of the process. End Summary.    -----------------OAS Receives List----------------- ¶2. (C) In late August, United Self-Defense Forcesof Colombia (AUC) paramilitaries involved in peacetalks with the GOC in Santa Fe de Ralito, CordobaDepartment, submitted a list to the OASverification mission of commanders who were in theconcentration zone. The OAS mission providedEmbassy with a copy. Using the names and orderlisted by the AUC, the commanders are:Javier Montanez, BCB Military Commander;Victor Triana Botalon, independent paramilitarycommander in Boyaca Department, looselyaffiliated with the AUC;Ernesto Baez de la Serna, BCB PoliticalCommander;Luis Cifuentes, Self-Defense Forces ofCundinamarca Commander;Julian Bolivar, BCB Operations Chief;Hernan Hernandez, AUC Calima Bloc Commander;Guillermo Torres, Self-Defense Forces of Metaand Vichada Commander;Pablo Sevillano, BCB Liberators of the South  Bloc Commander;Miguel Arroyave, AUC Centauros Bloc Commander(died September 19, see reftel);Pablo Mejia, BCB Vencedores of Arauca Commander;Ramiro Vanoy, AUC Mineros Bloc Commander;Salvatore Mancuso, Chief of the AUC CentralCommand ( Estado Mayor  ) and Northern BlocCommander;Juan Carlos Sierra, an AUC field commanderpowerful in the Middle Magdalena region;Jorge 40, AUC Northern Bloc OperationsCommander;Gabriel Galindo, AUC Pacific Bloc OperationsCommander;Marlon Perez, paramilitary field commander;Adolfo Paz, AUC Inspector General and PacificBloc Commander;Pedro Frontera, paramilitary field commander;Jhon Santamaria, an AUC field commander powerfulin western Antioquia Department;¶3. (C) The AUC also named the members of itsofficial negotiating team:  Salvatore Mancuso,Ernesto Baez de la Serna,Hernan Hernandez,Vicente Castano (not listed as present in thezone),Javier Montanez,Julian Bolivar,Jorge 40,Ramiro Vanoy,Miguel Arroyave (died September 19),Ramon Isaza (not listed as present in the zone),Victor Triana Botalon,Adolfo Paz,Luis Cifuentes,Guillermo Torres. --------------------------- Who Are The AUC Commanders?--------------------------- ¶4. (C) Since the disappearance and probable deathof former United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia
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