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Colombia eases terms for hostages

Sept 21--Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has eased the terms for the release of 24 police and soldiers being held by Marxist Farc rebels.

He agreed that the hostages can be released one by one, dropping an earlier demand that they must all be released at the same time.

"This should be done in a short time, so that the torture does not continue," a government statement said.

The Farc rebels had offered to release two of the soldiers in April.

The father of one of the soldiers, Pablo Moncayo, has staged a high profile campaign, walking across Colombia wrapped in chains to call for the release of his son.
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