domingo, 27 de enero de 2013

Two policemen kidnapped in Colombia

Two policemen were kidnapped on 25 or 26 January by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a district in the Valle del Cauca department east of the city of Cali, media reported. The two were kidnapped while investigating reports of extortion and criminal activity in the locality of La Granja between the districts of Florida and Pradera; apparently they unexpectedly met with members of the Gabriel Galvis Mobile Column of the FARC's Sixth Front, El Espectador reported on 26 January, citing the Cali newspaper El País. The broadcaster Caracol reported the policemen to be alive; the FARC kidnapped an engineer in the same area that day, though he was released hours later. On 26 January President Juan Manuel Santos urged the international community to maintain support for ongoing peace talks with the FARC, speaking after meeting with the French Prime Minister in Santiago de Chile. They met on the sidelines of the summit of Latin American and the EU. He said the state would maintain "pressures" on the FARC before an agreement was signed.