Colombian FARC rebels release 2 more hostages
Florencia: Colombian FARC rebels on Friday released a kidnapped local politician and a captive marine to a Red Cross team who flew into the country`s southern jungles in the latest rebel hostage handover.
The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, often frees a few hostages each year in an attempt to gain political capital, but the government dismisses any chance of peace talks until the FARC frees all its captives and ends hostilities.
Wearing a light suit and pink tie given to him by rebels, town councilman Armando Acuna looked healthy as he stepped off a helicopter along with marine infantryman Henry Lopez, who was escorted away by uniformed officers.
"It`s time for dialogue and to look between us for a way to find peace," Acuna told reporters waiting for him at Florencia, a small city 370 km (230 miles) south of Bogota.
Acuna, from Huila province, was kidnapped in 2009 in an attack by rebels posing as troops. Lopez was snatched in 2010 after combat that killed nine other marines.
The FARC earlier this week freed another local councilman it kidnapped in 2009. Rebels are still holding for political leverage about 15 police officers and soldiers, some of whom have been in captivity for more than a decade.
Since Colombia began a US-backed military offensive in 2002, the country`s long guerrilla war has ebbed and foreign investment has grown fivefold as bombings and attacks by Latin America`s oldest insurgency dropped sharply.
President Juan Manuel Santos has promised to keep a hard line against the guerrillas. Past attempts at talks have fallen apart mainly over rebel demands the government demilitarise a rural zone to guarantee security for negotiators.
Once written off as a failing state mired in drug violence, Colombia is enjoying a boom in oil and mining investment. But rebels remain a risk in rural areas where the state presence is weak and armed gangs still battle over the cocaine trade.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Harmful chemicals found in Maggi, Nestle India still in denial mode
- CM Kejriwal shortlists 39 'unwanted' IAS officers in Delhi
- Rajasthan: Gujjars revive reservation agitation, block rail track
- DNA: Modi-led NDA govt's hits and misses in one year
- J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
- ISIS to buy first nuclear weapon from Pak?
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- Mumbai: CCTV captures assailant with gun at Film City
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- BJP now central pole of Indian politics: Arun Jaitley
- Maharashtra FDA sends Maggi noodles for lab testing
- See what can Maggi do to your health!
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- Haridwar: Hotel Radisson Blu sealed for polluting Ganga
- Delhi: Two killed in road accident in New Ashok Nagar
- PM Narendra Modi graces Digvijay Singh's son wedding reception
- Goa Board SSC Exam Results 2015 announced
- Rahul Gandhi to pressurise govt to act on one-rank-one-pension issue
- ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?
- Manohar Parrikar visits forward areas along LoC, reviews security situation
- There will be no delay in appointing CIC, CVC: Jitendra Singh
- Credibility of Prime Minister's Office restored by BJP, says Arun Jaitley
- ISIS justifies raping slave girls, says Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'
- Arvind Kejriwal to highlight AAP govt's 100 days work on Monday
- 'Unhappy' Celina Jaitley asks Sunny Leone to move out?
- BJP's plan for one-year celebration: 200 big rallies, 5,000 public meetings
- Video of cops dancing with woman goes viral, inquiry ordered
- IPL 2015 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Preview
- Heatwave leaves 153 dead in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
- CBSE Results 2015: 10th board exam results to be declared on May 27