Colombia’s FARC rebels release hostages

April 3, 2012 05:54

Colombia’s FARC rebels have released their last 10 police and military hostages – some of whom have spent 14 years in captivity. – BBC News


From BBC News


President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the releases but said they were “not enough” to open direct peace talks.

Farc has been fighting Colombia’s government for five decades, making it Latin America’s oldest insurgency.

The rebels, who have lost ground in recent years, are still holding an unknown number of civilians hostage.


“Welcome to liberty, soldiers and policemen of Colombia,” Mr Santos said at the presidential palace.

“Freedom has been very delayed but now it is yours, to the delight of the whole country.”

But he warned that until all hostages were freed, his government would continue its policy of confronting armed groups.


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