BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's second-largest rebel group is offering to release two soldiers captured in an attack last month on a group of electoral workers.
The central command of the National Liberation Army made the offer in a statement posted on its website Monday. It also said it was providing proof of life that Clayder Rodriguez and Andres Perez are safe and in healthy conditions.
It called on the government to cease military operations so the young soldiers can be handed over peacefully to a humanitarian delegation.
An ELN unit last month ambushed a group of poll workers transporting ballots cast in local elections at a remote indigenous community in the Andes. Twelve members of Colombia's security forces escorting the group died in the attack.