Representatives from the Colombian government, the Catholic Church and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met Tuesday to discuss operational details of the pending release of hostages held by the FARC.
In the meeting ICRC representative Christophe Beney sought a guarantee from High Commissioner for Peace Frank Pearl that the govenment would not change the conditions of the release, CM& reported.
Following the meeting Church representative monsignor Juan Vicente Cordoba confirmed that the government had guaranteed the complete security of the operation and had agreed that airspace would be unoccupied and that there would be no type of military intervention, Terra reported.
Opposition Senator Piedad Cordoba, who will participate in the release of FARC hostages Pablo Emilio Moncayo Cabrera, soldier Jose Daniel Calvo, and the body of Julian Ernesto Guevara, called for a meeting “as soon as possible” to discuss “security and protection protocols” of the humanitarian mission.
Cordoba, leader of ‘Colombians for Peace’, said the church, the ICRC and herself needed to go over the logistics of the handover.
‘Colombians for Peace’ told El Espectador that the group thinks Brazil will facilitate the liberation process and hope the release will take place on December 24 so that the hostages can spend Christmas with their families.