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Colombia's FARC to release 10 kidnapped officers

(Xinhua)

13:37, March 22, 2012

BOGOTA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The rebellious Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) would release on Monday 10 army and police officers kidnapped over a decade ago, former Senator Piedad Cordoba said Wednesday.

"With great joy and satisfaction, we inform you that on Monday the FARC will released the 10 officers who remain under their control," said Cordoba, who was mediating the releases.

Colombian government officials have met with representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross and others involved to discuss details of the impending releases.

Last month, the FARC announced its decision to release the officers in response to a request from an advocacy group led by Cordoba.

Yet the process reached a deadlock in recent days when a FARC message conditioned the release on the government's authorization for activists to visit the prisons where former rebels were held.

The matter was resolved on Wednesday when Cordoba said she was confident to get that permission after the releases.

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