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Colombia's ELN rebels releasing hostage: government

A TV grab taken on October 26, 2016 from Colombia's RCN Channel shows Odin Sanchez, an ex-lawmaker taken hostage by the National Liberation ArmyColombia’s ELN rebels have begun the process of releasing a hostage at the center of a dispute threatening planned peace talks with the government, a top official said Thursday. “We have been informed by the Red Cross that the operation to free (hostage ex-lawmaker Odin Sanchez) has begun,” said Juan Camilo Restrepo, the government’s chief negotiator for the talks. The negotiations had been due to formally open at 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) until President Juan Manuel Santos suspended them with just hours to go because of the dispute over Sanchez.

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