After tense negotiations Thursday, the Red Cross transported to safety Friday the two policemen held hostage by the FARC since January 25.
The liberated policemen were immediately attended by medical personnel.
The release had been delayed due to large groups of journalists in the vicinity of the drop-off point according to leader of Colombians for Peace (CCP) Piedad Cordoba, reported El Espectador. The armed forces had ceased military activity around Miranda in the southwest Cauca department to provide safe passage for the Red Cross.
The hostage release is part of a protocol signed on Wednesday by the Colombian government, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the NGO, Colombians for Peace (CCP), led by the former Senator Piedad Cordoba.
Following the successful completion of this first phase of the operation the humanitarian mission will reportedly fly to Pasto to secure the release of a soldier captured by the FARC on 31 January during clashes in the southern Nariño department.