Earlier today, a Venezuelan mission involving the International Red Cross liberated four hostages in Colombia. All are former members of Congress and had been held captive by the rebel group FARC for over six years.
This is the second hostage release achieved this year as a result of President Chavez’s humanitarian mediation in favor of peace in Colombia.
Pictured above is the facilitator of the hostage talks, Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, and one of the four captives released today. They were airlifted via helicopter and flown over the border into Venezuela, and are expected to be quickly reunited with their families.
Reactions to this breakthrough event are beginning to emerge from around the world. Read about the U.S. perspective in this AFP article.