FARC Rebels to Release Six Hostages
By Dialogo December 29, 2011
Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas said they would soon release without condition six police or military hostages who are part of a group of 11 captives held for more than a decade.
Police officers Jorge Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Forero Carrero are to be freed, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said on its website, adding that the names of the other three hostages would be revealed “soon.”
Following the statement, Vice President Angelino Garzón said: “What we need is, aside from the release of the three kidnapped people, for the rebels to commit to the unconditional release of everyone they have abducted. They need to stop kidnapping, stop the terrorism.”
The six hostages to be released — the FARC calls them “prisoners of war” — were due to be handed to mediator Piedad Cordoba of a humanitarian mission often tasked with fetching hostages, though no date was mentioned.
On December 6, the FARC had promised to free several captives without providing a date. Ten days earlier, four members of the security forces who had been held captive for over 12 years were killed by their kidnappers during clashes with the army.