The insurgent group holding Luis Diaz’s father hostage has demanded “safety ensures” earlier than his launch.
The Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) mentioned the continued navy and police search “will delay the discharge and improve the dangers”, Colombian media reported.
Luis Manuel Diaz was kidnapped at gunpoint alongside along with his spouse in Barrancas, Colombia on 28 October.
Liverpool participant Diaz has known as on the abductors to free his father immediately and finish a “painful wait”.
His mom was deserted in a automotive after the kidnapping as police closed in, however his father was taken hostage.
Colombia worldwide Diaz got here off the bench to salvage some extent for Liverpool with a stoppage-time goal at Luton Town on Sunday in his first match since his dad and mom have been kidnapped.
The ELN reiterated its intention to launch Diaz’s father “as quickly as potential”.
However, in a press release signed by commander Jose Manuel Martinez Quiroz, it added the present scale of the search operation undertaken by the Colombian authorities was delaying that course of.
“We’re making efforts to keep away from incidents with authorities forces,” the ELN mentioned. “The world remains to be militarised, they’re finishing up flyovers, disembarking troops, broadcasting and providing rewards as a part of an intense search operation.
“This case just isn’t permitting for the execution of the discharge plan shortly and safely, the place Mr Luis Manuel Diaz just isn’t in danger.
“If operations proceed within the space, they may delay the discharge and improve the dangers.
“We perceive the anguish of the Diaz Marulanda household, to whom we are saying that we are going to preserve our phrase to launch him unilaterally, as quickly as we’ve safety ensures for the event of the liberation operation.”
Each of Diaz’s dad and mom have been seized at gunpoint in his hometown of Barrancas, within the northern province of La Guajira, by left-wing guerrillas of the ELN.
However, whereas his mom was discovered later that day, his father stays lacking and the Colombian authorities has deployed hundreds of police and soldiers within the search.
Diaz, 26, had not featured for Liverpool since their Europa League win over Toulouse on 26 October however returned to the squad for Sunday’s Premier League match at Luton.
After scoring his aspect’s equaliser, Diaz lifted his shirt to point out a message of “freedom for papa” and later launched a press release calling for his father’s launch.
“I encourage that they free him instantly, respecting his integrity and ending this painful wait. Within the identify of affection and compassion we ask they rethink their actions and permit us to have him again,” Diaz mentioned.