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Red Cross mediating FARC hostage release

Dec 28 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Sunday it has held talks with the Colombian government and guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on the release of six people in FARC captivity.

Red Cross mediating FARC hostage release

"As the ICRC can reach the sites most affected by the conflict, it requires full respect to the emblem of the Red Cross by all the involved parties," Red Cross of Colombia spokesman Yves Heller said.

ICRC's mediation in the release of the FARC hostages came after Colombian President Alvaro Uribe rejected the involvement of any foreign government in negotiating their release.

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