Colombia’s leftist insurgents free four hostages

February 26th, 2008 - 3:36 pm ICT by admin  


Caracas, Feb 26 (IANS) Colombia’s largest leftist guerrilla group, which has agreed to release some of its hostages following mediation by Venezuela’s leftist government, has freed four captives and asked Caracas to pick them up from a forest location, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Tuesday. “I want to announce that we now know with precision the place where the four captives in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are to be delivered to our commander in chief and (Colombian) Senator Piedad Cordoba,” Venezuela’s Interior Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin said.

Chacin was addressing a press conference along with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro Monday.

Maduro said he had already contacted Colombian authorities to request a suspension of military operations in the area.

The helicopters sent to pick up the hostages will spend no more than two hours on the ground, the ministers said, citing fears of military action by Colombian soldiers or rightist paramilitary groups.

Venezuelan officials, who last month received two other captives from the FARC in a similar operation, suggested the handover could take place as early as Wednesday.

The FARC announced Jan 31 that they would free three former legislators and former senator Jorge Eduardo G

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