Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), has announced that it will release what it calls its remaining prisoners of war.
“The whole idea of negotiations has been removed from the table as an option for the last decade. Now we’re seeing the FARC militarily weakened. The problem is, there was never an identified endgame.”
– Virginia Bouvier from the US Institute of Peace
The group still holds 10 police officers and soldiers, some of whom were captured 14 years ago. Hundreds of civilian hostages are also thought to be in their custody.
The group’s leaders have called for negotiations to end a civil war which has spanned almost half a century, but did not promise an end to hostilities with the government.
For more on this story, visit: Will Colombia talk peace with the FARC? – Inside Story Americas – Al Jazeera English.