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Colombia : FARC-EP requests ICRC to facilitate return of assembly members’ bodies

10-07-2007 News Release 07/85

Bogotá/Geneva (ICRC) – When FARC-EP announced the deaths of members of the Assembly of the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) approached the Colombian government and FARC-EP to offer its services in connection with the return of their bodies.

In response to its offer of humanitarian services, the ICRC received a request from FARC-EP to facilitate the return of the bodies to the families, so that they can begin the mourning process. The Colombian government has consented to this action on the part of the ICRC.

The ICRC emphasizes that in the interests of the victims’ families and in order to ensure the success of the operation, it must be conducted in a confidential manner, observing discretion with regard to all the parties concerned. The organization also states that in order for the operation to take place, both parties must give full security guarantees for the area concerned.

In accordance with its humanitarian mandate, the ICRC will carry out this operation as soon as possible once all the necessary conditions have been fulfilled.

    

    

 For more information, please contact:  

 Yves Heller, ICRC Bogotá, tel : +57 1 313 86 30 or +57 1 311 4 91 07 89  

 Carlos Ríos, ICRC Bogotá, tel : +57 1 311 4 91 07 75