Colombia’s Farc rebels have reached an agreement with the government over the conditions necessary for releasing an army general and four others.
Announcing the agreement in Havana, Cuban and Norwegian officials acting as mediators said the hostages would be released as soon as possible.
However, the details of the agreement were not released.
Peace talks between the two sides were suspended after the men were captured by the left-wing rebels at the weekend.
Ruben Dario Alzate is the first Colombian general to be abducted in 50 years of conflict.
The rebels said they seized the men because they were unhappy at the continuation of Colombian military activities during peace talks.
Farc negotiator Pablo Catatumbo had earlier called for a bilateral ceasefire.
President Juan Manuel Santos had demanded the men’s release before peace talks could resume.
Talks in doubt Cuban diplomat Rodolfo Benitez and Norwegian official Rita Sandberg confirmed the agreement in Havana on Thursday.