updated 12/21/2008 6:22:59 PM ET 2008-12-21T23:22:59

A Colombian radio station is reporting that leftist guerrillas have announced they will release six hostages in the coming days.

A copy of the rebel statement e-mailed to The Associated Press by Radio Caracol calls the release a gesture of good will aimed at starting up talks for a prisoner exchange.

It says three police officers and a soldier will be freed first, followed by an ex-governor and a former congressman.

Radio Caracol reported on the statement from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday.

The FARC's statement did not give a date for the release but said it would happen "soon."

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