General Rubén Darío Alzate, Corporal Jorge Rodríguez and the lawyer Gloria Urrego were released by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) and formally handed over by the two guarantor countries Cuba and Norway and delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to representatives of the Government of Colombia.
All three were given medical examinations by the ICRC, and they are all in good physical condition. With the release of these three, the agreement between the parties that was announced by the representatives of the two guarantor countries last week has been satisfactorily fulfilled.
– The Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP express their gratitude to the Governments of Cuba and Norway and the ICRC for their valuable contributions. The Governments of Cuba and Norway reiterate their support for the peace negotiations and for the efforts to end the armed conflict in Colombia, wrote a press release by Colombian government.
– It is gratifying that all five who were recently captured by FARC now have been released.This shows that the parties are willing to cooperate and find solutions, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Berge Brende.
This is all five which were recently captured by FARC.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with FARC after General Alzate was captured.
– It is now important that the peace talks continue as soon as possible, stresses Brende.
Norway and Cuba are facilitators in the peace process between the Colombian government and FARC.
The armed conflict has lasted for more than 50 years of extensive humanitarian consequences and suffering for the civilian population.