Colombian Sen. Piedad Córdoba said Thursday a planned release of six hostages
held by rebels should be expedited because at least one
was recently under threat of being killed, according to media reports.
six hostages will be made in three installments, and that should be expedited because
four days ago we were told that Alan Jara was nearly killed; it is best to ease
the delivery and not at risk the lives of people who are delivering them, ” said Sen. Cordoba.
group, known by its Spanish Acronym FARC, or Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia.
delivered on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of next week and that the hostages
are already at the location of the planned release site. She
confirmed that three groups of hostages will arrive in Bogota, Cali and
The release locations are being kept secret for now, but Cordoba assuredlocal press more information will follow.
On Friday afternoon Córdoba will travel to Brazil, where she will
meet delegates of the liberation committee. She will then travel to the
location where the first group of hostages will be released follwed by
the final destination of Bogotá, Villavicencio or Cali, depending on which city is closest to the site.
An agreement has been made with military officials to cease combat
operations in the area to ensure a safe release of all hostages.
The mission route has been confirmed among Brazilian officials and
Colombian military and political officials, including where the
helicopters will go and where they will refuel.
“There are two Brazilian Army Cougar helicopters, but with logos of
the International Red Cross,” a defense minister told local media.
There will be no armed people in the helicopters, which will have Red Cross logos.