Proof that Betancourt is alive coming: Chavez

6th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 November 2007, CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that the leader of Colombia's rebel FARC army was going to provide proof that French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage for more than five years, is still alive.

6 November 2007

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that the leader of Colombia's rebel FARC army was going to provide proof that French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage for more than five years, is still alive.

"I have been told in writing that Manuel Marulanda has demanded proof that not only Ingrid Betancourt but also other hostages are alive," Chavez said on state television.

"This could be a step forward" in the negotiations to free some 45 hostages held by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Chavez said.

Chavez has sought to mediate a prisoner exchange between FARC and the Colombian government, which holds some 500 FARC regulars it captured over several years.

He said two representatives of FARC's secretariat were in Venezuela and that he would meet with them later Monday or Tuesday.

Betancourt, 45, was seized by the rebels while she campaigned for Colombia's presidency in 2002.

Her plight has drawn strong attention in France and around the world.

Chavez said a representative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in Caracas in hopes of seeing some progress from Chavez's meetings.

AFP

Subject: French news

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