Bogota, November 5 (RHC) -- Colombia's National Liberation Army, the ELN, freed three prisoners in the rural area of northeastern Arauca department on Monday, the Red Cross confirmed.The three pipeline construction workers, abducted in September, were rapidly handed over to a commission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Catholic Church in a rural area of Fortul municipality, Red Cross official Jordi Raich said.
The release of the workers comes as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called on the ELN guerrilla to free all hostages as a condition to start peace talks.
Founded in 1964, the ELN is the second largest rebel group in Colombia after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who already engaged in negotiations.
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