Conditions Set for FARC to Release Hostages

first_imgBy Dialogo March 12, 2012 The Colombian government stated on March 8, following a meeting with delegates from Brazil and from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), that the security conditions are in place for the FARC guerrilla group to free ten uniformed personnel it committed to releasing in February. “On the part of the Colombian government, the Brazilian government, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, all the conditions are already in place for the release of those kidnapped,” Deputy Defense Minister Jorge Bedoya told reporters after the meeting. Bedoya stressed that the Colombian government remains ready to guarantee the conditions for the release of the uniformed personnel. “We already have the protocol worked out, and we’re waiting for the hostages to be released,” he reiterated. The meeting was held at ICRC headquarters in the Colombian capital, where Brazil’s ambassador to Colombia, Antonino Mena, was present due to the fact that his country will facilitate the logistical means for the hostages, some of whom have been in the FARC’s power for over 12 years, to return to their homes. In that regard, Bedoya expressed the Colombian government’s gratitude for Brazil’s collaboration and commitment in facilitating the process of release, as it has done on previous occasions. The Brazilian government will collaborate in these operations with two helicopters and one plane, according to what AFP was recently told by a Brazilian Defense Ministry spokesperson. On February 26, the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group, confirmed that it will free the last ten police and military personnel whom it says it holds captive, at the same time that it announced its renunciation of using kidnapping as a financing method. According to former senator Piedad Córdoba, who has acted as a mediator in previous releases, the release of the hostages could take place in late March, depending on the security conditions and whether the necessary logistics are ready.last_img read more

What marked the Year of 2016 for Amel Tuka?

first_imgThe best BH athlete Amel Tuka did not achieve results in 2016 similar to those in 2015, and he said that he will remember the previous year after doping controls.In December, for the 12th time in 2016, the Anti-Doping Agency knocked on the doors of our BH athletes asking him for samples of urine and blood. Although it is a little unusual, Tuka says that he understands their frequent visits, but it is annoying when they come early in the morning.“It’s all part of the sport and we should let those people to do their job. I just wish if other athletes would have the same treatment as me, because I fully support their work.”Although he worked hard in the previous year and had a great motive from 2015, his form was not at the highest level.“I ran the best time of last season in Brussels in the race on 800 meters with time 1: 44.54 and I secured 18th place on the world list of the best times of the year and the fifth best time in Europe this year.”After all these results and the necessary analysis, Amel Tuka entered the new season with much higher goals and desire to repeat the results from 2015.“I think that the coach knows my body now a lot better, which is why I am optimistic and I’m looking forward to be on the track again. Now I’m getting ready for the winter part of the season, where I expect the races in the hall. I will be appearing on the Championship of the Balkans in the hall and of course the European Championship in Belgrade, which will be held from the 3rd to 5th of March. I’ll try to run the best possible result and to run in the final of the European Championships, because that would be a great success for me. I’m not a fan of running indoors, but we will try,” concluded Tuka.In the summer part of the season, our athlete and his coach will be devoted to the World Championships in London and races of the Diamond League. This year, his wish is to be healthy and to achieve better results, but above all to become a better man.(Source: E. M./ read more

Boston explosions homes burn after multiple gas blasts – video

first_imgBoston Boston explosions: homes burn after multiple gas blasts – video,Play Video Source: AP, Reuters Last modified on Mon 17 Sep 2018 05.31 EDT Boston Topics Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Shares7575 Share on Twitter 1:04 Thu 13 Sep 2018 21.34 EDT A series of gas explosions has caused fires in more than 20 homes across three communities north of Boston, forcing entire neighbourhoods to evacuate as emergency crews scrambled to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines. Massachusetts state police said troopers were dispatched to Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to secure scenes and direct traffic Massachusettslast_img read more