Secretary-General welcomes liberation of 15 Colombian hostages
The liberated hostages comprise the former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three United States citizens and 11 members of the Colombian armed forces. Ms. Betancourt had been held for more than six years.
“These hostages and so many others still held captive in Colombia have endured years of hardship and privation,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “Kidnapping is an abhorrent crime and an egregious violation of international humanitarian law.”
The Secretary-General called on FARC “to immediately and unconditionally release the remaining hostages, whose security is their responsibility. He urges the FARC and other groups to engage in dialogue with the authorities with a view to freeing hostages and ending the violence that has afflicted Colombia for so long.”