Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Church admits difficulties in hostage release process

Colombia's Catholic Church acknowledged that difficulties have arisen regarding the ongoing release process of two hostages, reported news station Caracol Radio on Monday.

According to the leader, the release of soldiers Pablo Emilio Moncayo and Jose Daniel Calvo has encountered problems, because the Government wants the FARC to commit to the release of all their 24 political hostages, while the FARC wants the government to release jailed rebels in exchange.

A spokesperson for the Church stated that "from the start, the government made a condition which declared that it would only release the two soldiers if the FARC agreed to hand over the 24 hostages."

The Church, together with opposition Senator Piedad Cordoba and the Red Cross are in charge of the process that should lead to the release of rebel hostages.

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