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|Colombia hostage mission back on
||Colombia hostage mission back on
(about 2 hours later)
Colombia has agreed to a Venezuelan mission to secure the release of two high-profile hostages held by Colombia's Farc rebels.
Colombia will "provide necessary guarantees" to make sure the hostages return home, said Colombia's Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo.
Mr Restrepo said the International Red Cross would oversee the mission.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the rebels had told him where the hostages were being held.
He said Venezuelan helicopters could pick up the hostages as early as Thursday morning.
|The hostages are former Congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez and Clara Rojas, an aide to former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.||The hostages are former Congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez and Clara Rojas, an aide to former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.|
A mission to release the two hostages, plus the three-year-old son of Ms Rojas, failed less than two weeks ago.
Farc accused the Colombian government of sabotaging the hostage release; but the government said the rebels backed out of the deal.
Colombia said DNA tests proved that the boy was actually living in a foster home in Bogota, and not being held captive in the jungle.