Colombia’s second largest rebel group, National Liberation Army (ELN), has asked for information on two German hostages to attest them as civilians and not the alleged spies. Colombia’s second-largest rebel group, National Liberation Army (ELN), has asked for information on two German hostages to verify they are not alleged spies. The leftist Colombian rebel group said in a statement published on their website on Monday that they are prepared to release the pair of captives, held since November, after obtaining details from their families in Germany. The group said they have held two of “alleged German nationality” for over three months in the Catatumbo region, located in northern Colombia near the Venezuelan border.
The ELN asked the families of the two men, named Gunther and Uwe Breuer, to "send us truthful evidence that clarifies their ties with the captured men.”They also called on the “German company, which these gentlemen said they work or worked for, show proof of their employment ties.” The group also asked German authorities to assist the hostages' relatives in gathering data that proves a non-military employment history and nominate an official to negotiate the release of the two brothers aged 69 and 72. Founded in 1965, the politically motivated ELN has almost three thousand combatants and carries out most anti-government violent action in northeastern Colombia. Peasant guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the ELN took up arms against the government over the composite Communist ideology of Marxism, including liberating poor people with better pay rights. GVN/SAB/HN