FARC Completes List of Hostages It Promises to Release

By Dialogo
January 26, 2012

On January 25, the communist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), revealed the names of one member of the military and two police officers whom it promised to release in the near future.

The hostages expected to be released are Army Corporal Luis Alfonso Beltrán, kidnapped on March 2, 1998; police Staff Sergeant César Augusto Lasso, a hostage since November 1, 1998; and police Deputy Carlos Duarte, held since July 12, 1999.

These names join those of police Deputies Jorge Trujillo and Jorge Humberto Romero and police Sergeant José Libardo Forero, announced on December 27.

The six hostages are expected to be turned over to a humanitarian mission led by former liberal senator Piedad Córdoba, at a date still to be determined.

In order to carry out this unilateral release, the FARC is waiting for President Juan Manuel Santos to announce the security conditions and requesting him to consider an exchange of hostages for imprisoned guerrillas.