Hostage Betancourt in good health: FARC chief

27th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 27, 2006 (AFP) - Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian presidential candidate who was kidnapped four years ago, is alive and in good health, a senior figure in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) told a French newspaper Tuesday.

PARIS, June 27, 2006 (AFP) - Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian presidential candidate who was kidnapped four years ago, is alive and in good health, a senior figure in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) told a French newspaper Tuesday.

"Ingrid Betancourt is well — taking into account the environment she finds herself in. It is not easy to be deprived of one's freedom. But she is an intelligent and affable woman," Raul Reyes — number two in the Marxist guerrilla movement — told L'Humanite.

"She was not captured because she was French and not for economic motives either. She was taken in order to secure the release of some 500 guerrilla fighters," he said.

Betancourt, 44, has a French passport by virtue of a 1981 marriage, and the French government has taken a special interest in her kidnapping. She was captured in February 2002 after going to meet FARC leaders in the country's demilitarized zone.

Reyes repeated the FARC's offer to exchange Betancourt as well as "three CIA agents", military commanders and police officers held prisoner for more than six years and some political leaders in return for the 500 guerrillas.

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Subject: French News

 

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