Two pieces of news have recently hit, and both look very good developments. Firstly, the Colombian gov't has issued a statement confirming Marulanda's death. But more importantly, reports state that FARC top brass want to surrender and also release their hostages. Here's how AFP is relaying the news.
Colombian President Uribe says FARC ready to release hostages
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Saturday he has received "calls" from some Marxist FARC rebel leaders who claimed they were ready to hand themselves over and free hostages including Franco-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.
In a potentially major breakthrough, just after Colombia confirmed the death of FARC leader Manuel Marulanda, Uribe said "the government has received calls from the FARC in which some of the leaders announced their decision to leave the FARC and hand over Ingrid Betancourt if their freedom is guaranteed."
"The government's answer is 'yes, they are guaranteed freedom'" if they handed over hostages, Uribe said in a speech in the country's southwest.