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Colombia: two police officers released

25-03-2006 News Release 06/27

Geneva (ICRC) – Following an unsuccessful attempt last week, delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today went to a location on the banks of the River Putumayo in the department of the same name to collect two police officers who had been held by the FARC-EP since November 2005.

The operation was concluded successfully after the Colombian government, the security forces and the FARC-EP had all reiterated their acceptance of the operation and had provided the necessary guarantees regarding security.

Last-minute logistic hitches made it impossible for other parties to be present, contrary to original plans. As a result, only the ICRC team was at the pre-arranged location for the handover of the two police officers, who were released in good health.

The ICRC welcomes the cooperation that made this operation possible and reiterates its readiness to help find mechanisms that will bring about the release of those hostages, members of the armed forces and police officers who are still in the hands of organized armed groups.


For further information, please contact:
  Yves Heller, ICRC Bogotá, tel : +571 313 86 30 or +57 311 491 07 89
  Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel : +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24