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Colombia: Release of two police officers

27-12-2006 News Release

Press release issued by the ICRC delegation in Bogotá, Colombia, on 27 December 2006

On 27 December, the National Liberation Army (ELN) handed over two police officers, Guillermo Calderón and Vladimir Meza García, to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a rural part of Colombia's Samaniego (Nariño) municipality. Both men had been held by the ELN since 1 December 2006.

The ICRC took part in the operation at the request of the ELN and the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace.

The ICRC welcomes the spirit of cooperation that led to the success of this operation. It reiterates its readiness to support efforts to put in place mechanisms aimed at facilitating the release of hostages and of members of the armed and police forces still deprived of their freedom in connection with the armed conflict.

For further information, please contact:
  Yves Heller, ICRC Bogotá, tel: +571 313 86 30 or + 57 311 491 07 89