Colombian rebels refuse to release hostages
POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 9:04am
NBC News — Colombia's FARC rebels thursday called off the release of two police hostages at the eleventh hour citing heavy media presence near the site where the transfer was to take place. Representatives from the Red Cross arrived in the town of Miranda to receive the hostages when everything was called off by the rebels. Earlier this month, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, released a statement that said it would release security officials it had captured last month.
The statement said the hostages would be turned over to the Red Cross and a local peace group. On thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accused FARC of reneging on a promise. This comes during tense peace talks in Cuba between FARC leaders and the Colombian government. Over the course of its history, FARC has held dozens of police officers, soldiers and politicians hostage.