The operations of the FARC–EP were funded by kidnap and ransom; illegal mining; The strength of the FARC–EP forces is indeterminate; in 2015, the FARC said they were an armed force of 60,000 men and women; in 2010, the Colombian military calculated that FARC forces consisted of approximately 60,000 members, 50 percent of whom were armed guerrilla combatants; and, in 2011, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said that FARC–EP forces comprised fewer than 60,000 members.
In 2013 it was reported that 100 FARC and ELN members had decided to demobilize since 2000.
The greatest concentrations of FARC forces are in the southeastern, northern and southwestern regions of Colombia's 500,000 square kilometers (190,000 sq mi) of jungle, in the plains at the base of the Andean mountain chain However, the FARC and the ELN (National Liberation Army of Colombia) lost control of much of the territory, especially in urban areas, forcing them to relocate to remote areas in the jungle and the mountains .
As such, the FARC has been classified as a terrorist organization by the governments of Colombia, the United States, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and the European Union; whereas the governments of Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Nicaragua do not.
In 2008, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez recognized the FARC–EP as a proper army.
President Chávez also asked the Colombian government and their allies to recognize the FARC as a belligerent force, arguing that such political recognition would oblige the FARC to forgo kidnapping and terrorism as methods of civil war and to abide by the Geneva Convention.
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