Chavez Urges Colombian Rebels to Release Hostages

August 9, 2010 11:08

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is urging Colombia’s rebels to release all their hostages as a way to start peace negotiations with the country’s new president, Juan Manuel Santos.

During his weekly radio and television address Sunday, Mr. Chavez said the Colombian guerrilla movement has no future through armed struggle.  He urged the country’s rebels to release the dozens of hostages held in camps deep within Colombia’s jungles as an overture to Mr. Santos, who was sworn in on Saturday.

Mr. Santos said he is open to talks with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC rebels, but only if they first give up their weapons and stop kidnapping, blackmail, drug trafficking and intimidation.


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