30/12/07

FARC HOSTAGES HANDOVER

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Farc Hostages
A rescue mission negotiated by Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, to recover three hostages held by left-wing rebels in Colombia was delayed for a second day on Saturday after not being given the coordinates for the handover from the captors.

'Operation Emmanuel'

Chavez negotiated the rescue effort with Farc and initially hoped to have the hostages freed on Thursday.
He was told last month to stay out of negotiations with Farc by Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's conservative president.
But Chavez opened informal talks until guerrilla leaders agreed to turn the hostages over to him, or someone designated by him.
He sent two helicopters into Colombia on Friday dubbing the mission Operation Emmanuel, but they remained grounded in Villavicencio at the foot of the Andes mountains waiting to learn the location of the captives.
The international delegation in Villavicencio includes Nestor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina, representatives from France, Switzerland, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as Oliver Stone, the US film director.
Kirchner told reporters that he was prepared to get in the helicopter and go to recover the hostages, saying that the operation was not simply a media exercise.

Chavez says he'll oversee release
of 3 held by Colombian rebels


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed Saturday that he plans to witness the release of three hostages held for years by the Colombian left-wing guerrilla group FARC.
Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in 2002 along with her campaign manager, Clara Rojas, when she ran for the Colombian presidency. The senator was not among the hostages mentioned by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
The hostages believed to be in line for release are Rojas, her son, Emmanuel, and former Colombian congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez. Emmanuel was born roughly two years after his mother was taken captive.




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