Luis Alberto Albán Burbano aka "Marcos Calarcá" or "Marco León Calarcá" is a Colombian guerrilla member and spokesperson of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Calarca gained notoriety internationally when the Colombian government asked the Mexican government to shut down a legally authorized office of the FARC in Mexico City for their violent activities in Colombia and their support network in Mexico. Calarca was a spokesperson for the FARC in Mexico from 1993 until 2002. His wife (Amparo Victoria Torres) and two sons live in Canada. Amparo Victoria Torres is the sister of aka "Pablo Catatumbo," one of the members of the FARC Secretariat. Amparo is currently an artist.
Arrest in Bolivia and extradition to Mexico
On Tuesday March 24, 1998 Calarca was arrested by in Bolivia by the Bolivian police at the airport of La Paz. Calarca was deported from Bolivia to Mexico since Colombia never requested his extradition.
Kidnapping of foreigners in Colombia
In 1998 FARC kidnapped a number of foreigners including four American bird watchers. The FARC claimed that these four hostages were spies involved in counter-insurgency operations aiding the Colombian military. The United States denied this as well as then president of Colombia Ernesto Samper. Calarca mediated in the issue and was an active spokesperson for the FARC. All four Americans were eventually freed.
Expelled from Mexico
Calarca and other members of the FARC left Mexico on April 17, 2002 with Cuba or Venezuela as presumed destinations.
FARC-government peace process attempt
Calarca became part of the "thematic committee" during the FARC-Government peace process (1999-2002) along with other members of the FARC; Iván Ríos (coordinator), Mariana Páez, Domingo Biohó, Felipe Rincón, Julián Conrado, Gabriel Angel, Fidel Rondón, Bayron Yepes and Pedro Aldana.
- BBC News: Colombian rebel leader deported from Bolivia to Mexico
- BBC: Colombian President urges governments to break contacts with rebels
- (Spanish) Cajpe.org: Cronologia Colombia
- Center for International Policy: Dialogue and Negotiations Phase ("Mesa de Diálogos y Negociación"), May 1999-present
- (Spanish) La Nacion (Colombia): Lotería’ millonaria por las Farc