Former FARC captive believes rebels will free all hostages soon

June 11th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Bogota, June 11 (IANS) A former Colombian senator who has spent nearly seven years in the captivity of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has expressed his hope that the leftist guerrilla group will soon release all its hostages, EFE news agency reported Wednesday. Luis Eladio Perez, who was freed in February by the FARC, told reporters Tuesday prior to a meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe that he was expecting an announcement soon from the rebel group about the release of other captives.

He said an operation to hand over more hostages was under way and it would soon become clear where and how the captives would be delivered.

Perez, like the other five hostages released by the FARC earlier this year, was turned over to representatives of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But the former senator said that the next phase of handover of hostages could involve Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva or Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.

It is also possible, Perez said, that the FARC might directly deliver hostages to representatives of Uribe.

“The process is under way and very soon the site, the conditions, the coordinates and the people to whom they (the captives) will be delivered will be known, whether to President Chavez, to Correa, to Lula or to Uribe,” Perez said outside Casa de Nari

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