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OAS Secretary General Condemns Killing of Hostages by FARC in Colombia

  November 26, 2011

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, strongly condemned the despicable killing in a rural area of the Department of Caqueta, Colombia, of Sgt. José Libio Martínez, Lt. Elkin Hernández Rivas, Col. Édgar Yesid Duarte Valero, and Inspector Álvaro Moreno, all of whom had been held hostages for more than a decade by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

“This incident represents a serious violation of international humanitarian law to people who had been deprived of freedom for so many years by this armed group, and a crime against humanity that deserves to be rejected by the national and international community as a whole," Secretary General Insulza said.

The OAS Secretary General expressed his condolences and deepest solidarity with the victims’ families, and called on judicial authorities to continue using all their available resources and efforts to find and try the culprits.

The head of the hemispheric institution said that respect for the integrity of hostages is a fundamental right, and once more urged this illegal armed group to respect it. He also demanded the immediate liberation of all hostages. “This liberation is not a subject for any negotiations, but a requirement for peace,” the Secretary General added.

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Reference: E-978/11