UN urges Colombian guerrillas to free hostages

March 1st, 2008 - 2:31 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, March 1 (Xinhua) The UN has urged the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), country’s largest insurgent group, to continue to free hostages unilaterally. The UN asked the FARC Friday to free the captives who are sick, such as Colombia’s former rightwing presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and colonel Luis Mendieta.

The FARC freed four former Colombian legislators Wednesday and announced the end of unilateral release of hostages, insisting that the Colombian government demilitarise two municipalities to begin peace talks.

The UN lauded the FARC’s release of six captives this year and efforts of the Venezuelan government in securing their freedom.

According to the freed hostages, some of the captives held by FARC are sick, demoralised and in constant danger of being killed, amid rescue attempts by the Colombian security forces.

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