Betancourt urges Dutch government to talk to FARC

12th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The government should try to locate the whereabouts of Tanja Nijmeijer, a Dutch woman who joined the Colombian FARC rebel movement in 2005, says Ingrid Betancourt.

THE NETHERLANDS – Former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt has said the Dutch government should try to establish contact with the rebel group to find out the whereabouts of Tanja Nijmeijer.

Betancourt, who appeared on a current affairs programme Nova on Thursday, said she is very concerned about the young Dutch woman who joined the FARC in 2005. Betancourt, a former politician and presidential candidate in Columbia, was held captive in the jungle for six years before being freed earlier this year.

In 2007, Nijmeijer's diary, which contained passages criticising the rebel group, was discovered. 

"If the FARC gets the feeling that Tanja has betrayed the organisation, then she's dead," said Betancourt.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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