Colombia's Prosecutor General Eduardo Montealegre said Monday his office is waiting for the government's official request to suspend the arrest warrants of FARC guerrillas participating in peace dialogues.
Representatives of the FARC that were announced to participate in upcoming peace negotiations with Colombia's government still have warrants for their capture that would need to be retracted for their attendance.
According to newspaper El Espectador, Montealegre said that they are awaiting the government's formal solicitation to suspend the arrest warrants of FARC voices Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santich.
"When we receive the official communication we will proceed to suspend the arrest warrants or ask the judges for enforcement of the respective sentences," he said.
According to the Ministry of Justice, President Juan Manuel Santos must be the one who ultimately decides on whether or not the arrest warrants be suspended, reported Caracol Radio.
"This decision is clearly the president's and not the Ministry of Justice, he will decide according to the evolution of the dialogues and the feeling of confidence in the process, he will be the one to make the decision in due course of suspending the arrest warrants," said Minister of Justice Ruth Stella Correa.
During his discourse, the investigative leader Montealegre also urged the FARC to tell the truth about their participation in kidnapping and drug trafficking, after the guerrillas claimed during the announcement of their representatives that they currently held no hostages.
"The FARC can't deceive Colombia, if they have hostages then say it, if they have been involved in drug trafficking then say they have because part of the reconciliation of this country is going to depend on the will of the FARC, not just the laying down of arms but a historical reconstruction of the truth," said Montealegre.