German hostages’ release suspended
The operation to release two German citizens kidnapped four months ago by the Eln guerrilla, Breuer Uwe and Breuer Gunther Otto, ages 69 and 72 respectively, was suspended by the International Red Cross Committee on Thursday afternoon. The group didn’t offer details as to why the operation was suspended, but there is word that it could resume on Friday morning.
A committee ready to pick up the two hostages, who were abducted on November 3rd in Catatumbo, has been in the area since Wednesday waiting for coordinates that will guide them to where the hostages will be handed over. The committee includes Horacio Serpa and Jaime Bernal Cuellar.
“We’re currently waiting for information. We’ve been in routine contact with the Eln. But the release will be today or tomorrow. We wish it were today,” one of the committee members said.
There are also rumors indicating that the Germans are bringing with them a document in which the Eln asks President Juan Manuel Santos to begin a peace process with them.