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1/31/2009 : Colombia: ICRC helps prepare release of persons held by FARC

In Colombia, the ICRC is preparing to facilitate the release of six persons currently being held by the FARC. Christophe Beney, the ICRC's head of delegation, explains his organization's involvement in this mission.

1/29/2009 : Colombia rebels to free hostages Sunday

Leftist Colombian rebels plan to free some hostages on Sunday in what would be their first high-profile release of captives from jungle camps in a year, a lawmaker coordinating the operation said.

1/27/2009 : Colombia: Growing insecurity forcing indigenous flight in north-east

UNHCR is concerned at the rise in violence and growing insecurity forcing local indigenous populations to flee Colombia's north-eastern department of La Guajira.

1/26/2009 : Colombia: Key human rights case must not be handed over to the military justice system

Amnesty International today condemned efforts by the military justice system to take charge of the criminal investigation against retired army Colonel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega, currently on trial in the civilian courts for his alleged part in the enforced disappearance of 11 people in 1985.

1/25/2009 : Chavez visits Colombia, denies support for leftist rebels

Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who met with President Alvaro Uribe on Saturday, firmly denied he is supporting leftist Colombian rebels.

1/23/2009 : Brazil helicopters to get Colombia captives

Brazil will supply helicopters to help pick up a group of hostages whom Colombia's FARC rebels plan to free soon from jungle camps, a source close to the process said on Friday.

1/19/2009 : Miriam, ex-Farc rebel, reunited with soldier brother after 18 years.

Miriam was her name when she was with Farc, but as a civilian she is called Zenaida.Aged 35 years she has just left Farc and after 18 years away and many battles, has been reunited with her brother Roberto, who is in the Colombian army.

1/14/2009 : FARC reject Vatican intervention in the freeing of hostages

The leadership of FARC announced it would not allow either the intervention of the Vatican or that of the Catholic Church in Colombia in the process of freeing 6 hostages they promised to free this month.

1/13/2009 : Uribe wants the Pope to appoint foreign observer for hostage release

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe authorized Pope Benedict XVI to appoint the foreign "guarantor" from within the catholic church to secure the expected release of six FARC hostages.

1/12/2009 : "Farc want to negociate" : Alfonso Cano

In an interview with the Spanish magazine Cambio 16, Guillermo Leon Sáenz Vargas, aka Alfonso Cano, head of FARC, stated the only element missing for talks to start with the government led by Alvaro Uribe was “ absolute guarantees that talks would be secure” .

1/9/2009 : FARC stress commanders to kill hostages in case of escape

The FARC stressed their guerrilla guards to kill hostages in case of an attempted escape or upcoming army release, demobilized guerrilla 'Miryan' told press Thursday.

1/8/2009 : FARC demand foreign involvement in hostage release

Colombia's largest rebel group FARC demand the presence of a foreigner in the release of six hostages as promised by the rebels in December. President Álvaro Uribe already prohibited any foreign involvement in the release.

1/2/2009 : Hostages' relatives call on Colombian government to ease release process

Relatives of the hostages and peace mediators on Thursday called on the Colombian government to ease the release of six people abducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Xinhua reported.

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