Brazil helps Colombia release long-time FARC hostage (2)

14:01, March 31, 2010      

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Colombian soldier Pablo Emilio Moncayo (C) is hugged by a family member upon his arrival in Florencia March 30, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The release mission also included Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, two Red Cross delegates and Bishop Leonardo Gomez, who represented the Catholic Church.

FARC stressed that those were the last of the unilateral releases which started last year, when six hostages were freed. According to the group, the remaining 21 hostages will only be released in exchange for FARC members who are currently in government custody.

The federal government has been fighting FARC, the largest guerrilla group operating in Colombia, for more than four decades.

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