Tuesday, April 1, 2008

FARC commander says Colombian raid dimmed hope of Betancourt's release

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia's largest rebel group says a cross-border raid on a rebel camp in Ecuador last month «gravely» harmed efforts to win the release of ailing hostage Ingrid Betancourt.
Ivan Marquez, one of seven leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, says that after the raid that killed rebel commander Raul
Reyes it was clear «there would be no meeting with the French delegation to explore the release of Ingrid.
Marquez's letter was published Monday by Venezuela's Bolivarian Press Agency, which has carried statements from the rebels in the past.

The government of France has worked intensely to win the freedom of Betancourt, a dual French-Colombian citizen who is feared to be near death after six years of captivity.

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