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Colombia: soldier freed under ICRC auspices

28-03-2010 News Release

Bogotá (ICRC) – This afternoon, in a rural area of Meta, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) freed Private Josué Daniel Calvo and handed him over to delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba and a representative from the Church, Monsignor Leonardo Gómez Serna.

   

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Colombian soldier Josue Daniel Calvo embraces relatives at Villavicencio airport on March 28, 2010. 
    The freed soldier was subsequently transferred to the city of Villavicencio in a helicopter bearing the red cross emblem, provided by the government of Brazil. He has been reunited with his family.

The ICRC is grateful to the government of Brazil, the government of Colombia and the country's police and armed forces, Colombians for Peace and the FARC for their cooperation in carrying out this humanitarian operation.

The FARC have announced that Corporal Pablo Emilio Moncayo will be released on 30 March.

In its capacity as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization, the ICRC will continue to seek every possible means of securing the rapid release of additional hostages and other detained persons.

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Carlos Ríos, ICRC Bogotá (in Spanish), tel. +57 1 313 86 30 or +57 311 4 91 07 75  

 Pascal Jequier, ICRC Bogotá (in French and English), tel. +57 311 491 07 89  

 Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2458 or +41 79 217 3224  

See also the interview with Christophe Beney, ICRC's head of delegation in Colombia