Reference : V-P-CO-E-00477
Date : 03/02/2009
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Villavicencio airport. Employees of the ICRC before the takeoff of the helicopter going to repatriate Alan Jara, the former governor of Meta. freed by the FARC
Photographer : ROJAS, Juan Bautista
Person appearing :
DANZI, Patricia (-)
HELLER, Yves (-)
GROBET, Thierry (-)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : 4-02-2009 News release 28/09
Colombia: another hostage freed under ICRC auspices
Bogotá (ICRC) – On the morning of 3 February, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) freed Alan Jara, the former governor of Meta, and handed him over to Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba and delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a rural area of Guaviare.

A helicopter bearing the ICRC logo then took Mr Jara to Villavicencio, where he was met by the authorities and members of his family.

The ICRC is grateful to the government of Brazil, the government of Colombia and the country's police and armed forces, Colombians for Peace and the FARC for their cooperation in carrying out this humanitarian operation.

The ICRC remains concerned about the situation of hostages still being held by armed groups and the anguish of their families.

In its capacity as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization, the ICRC will continue to seek every possible means of securing the rapid release of all hostages.

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