The guerillas- known by the Spanish acronym FARC- announced last Tuesday their intention to free the trio of high-profile hostages including a politician and her son who was allegedly conceived with one of her captors.
Representatives from several countries are involved in the delicate mission including ex-Argentine president Nestor Kirchner and filmmaker Oliver Stone. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been key in the negotiations to release the hostages and said that the helicopters would fly out to get the hostages once he receives permission from the FARC.
The Colombian government has issued a deadline of 6:59pm on Sunday for the mission to be completed.
Sources (English)- Reuters Africa, AFP, The Latin Americanist, Bloomberg, Monsters & Critics
Sources (Spanish)- El Tiempo