According to family representative Marleny Orjuela, who was delegated by hostage negotiator and former Senator Piedad Cordoba to talk to the press, one of the factors slowing down a quick release is the fact the FARC only gave the names of three of the six hostages.
“We are waiting for the names of the other three men, but the release would take between one or two months, which is the time other releases have taken in the past,” Orjuela told reporters.
The family representative said that family members, Piedad Cordoba and the Red Cross — likely to facilitate the release operation — will meet on Friday to discuss the expected release. Orjuela said that she hopes to also meet with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon who was authorized by President Juan Manuel Santos to represent the government in the liberation process.
The FARC on Tuesday announced the release of six of 11 members of the security forces who are held in captivity by rebels somewhere in the Colombian jungle.