Red Cross: Colombia rebels set to release French reporter

By REUTERS
May 14, 2012 06:03

 
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BOGOTA - Colombia's FARC guerrilla group has decided to free a French reporter they kidnapped two weeks ago, although they have not given a date for his release, a Red Cross official said on Sunday citing a statement from the rebels.

Heavily armed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kidnapped Romeo Langlois, a reporter for France 24, during a firefight with troops carrying out an anti-drug raid in Caqueta, a rebel-stronghold in the south.

"The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) has received a statement from the FARC in which they say they have decided to release Romeo Langlois," ICRC official Daniel Munoz told reporters.

Munoz said the statement did not mention a date for Langlois' release, but that the FARC has called for the mediation of a committee formed by an envoy from the French government, an ICRC representative and activist and former Senator Piedad Cordoba, who would discuss the terms for the Frenchman's release with the rebels.

Munoz said the ICRC has been informed that Langlois is in good health, despite a wound he sustained in his left arm when he was kidnapped on April 28.

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