FARC denies hostage release in works

BOGOTA, April 4 (UPI) -- A top rebel commander said the group would not free a high-profile hostage unless rebel prisoners were freed as well, Colombian officials said.

France pledges to send aid for Betancourt

PARIS, April 2 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkosy said Tuesday he would send a medical mission to Colombia to treat a high-profile rebel hostage with French ties.

France has plane on standby for Betancourt

PARIS, March 31 (UPI) -- France sent a plane to French Guyana to remain on standby in case Colombian rebels release a high-profile Colombian-French citizen, said French officials.

Colombia offers rebels for Betancourt

BOGOTA, March 28 (UPI) -- Colombia has offered to release members of a leading rebel group in exchange for high-profile hostage Ingrid Betancourt.

Husband of FARC captive appeals for help

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 19 (UPI) -- The husband of a longtime hostage of Colombian rebels and former presidential candidate has asked Chile's president to aid in her release.

Arms freeze threat -- Part 1

MOSCOW, March 14 (UPI) -- If Venezuela goes to war with Colombia, Russia will not hesitate to freeze its arms supplies.
PYOTR ROMANOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Colombian hostages arrive in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Two hostages held for several years by Colombian leftist rebels arrived in Venezuela Thursday after the Venezuelan government negotiated their release.

Colombia OK's Venezuela rescue effort

BOGOTA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Colombia has approved a new offer by Venezuela to pick up two hostages taken by leftist rebels, it was reported Wednesday.

Colombia rejects future hostage rescues

BOGOTA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Colombia will not allow other countries to help secure the release of hostages held by leftist rebels after an effort by Venezuela failed last month.

Venezuela says Colombia impeding rescue

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Colombian President Alvaro Uribe of trying to thwart Venezuelan efforts to release three hostages in Colombia.
Colombia: Mission to grab hostages delayed

Colombia: Mission to grab hostages delayed

BOGOTA, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- An effort to recover three hostages taken by Colombian leftist rebels was delayed for a second day Saturday, El Tiempo reported online.

Colombian hostage details capture

BOGOTA, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A letter by a hostage of Colombian rebels written to her mother details how her hair is falling out and her overall poor health, El Tiempo reported.

Colombia finds videotapes of hostages

BOGOTA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Colombian officials confiscated from suspected rebels five videotapes of hostages, including images of three U.S. contractors, El Timepo reported Friday.

Chavez hopeful for prisoner exchange

PARIS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed hope prisoners could be exchanged for hostages held by Colombia's leading rebel group.

Colombia: Rebels push for hostage release

BOGOTA, May 24 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels have asked new French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help work out a deal for the release of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.
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Ingrid Betancourt
Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt speaks to guests during an arrival ceremony held in her honor at the Villacoublay military base near Paris on July 4, 2008. Betancourt, who holds both French and Columbian citizenship, was rescued on July 2nd from rebels in Columbia after six years in captivity. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

├Źngrid Betancourt Pulecio (born 25 December 1961) is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. She acquired French citizenship as a result of her first marriage to a French national.

Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages (three Americans and eleven Colombian policemen and soldiers). In all, she was held captive for 2,321 days after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green. She had decided to campaign in the former "zone of distention", after the military operation "Tanatos" was launched, and after the zone was declared free of guerrillas by the government. Her kidnapping received worldwide coverage, particularly in France, because of her dual French-Colombian citizenship.

She has received multiple international awards, such as the L├ęgion d'honneur. In 2008 she received the Concord Prince of Asturias Award. She was also nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. A book written also in 2008 by fellow hostages, 'Out of captivity' (Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes) paint a picture of a more complex and less heroic person. She has been reported for having obtained privileges because of her status as a well-known political hostage. Clara Rojas, another fellow hostage, is also bitter when referring to Betancourt. Those comments have been denied by other hostages (John Fran Pinchao, Jorge Eduardo Gechem, Gloria Polanco) who describe her as a person with a caring and courageous nature. One of them (Luis Eladio Perez) claims Betancourt saved his life. Between the three authors of 'Out of Captivity' there is evidence of strong controversies, which tend to undermine the attacks made against Betancourt.

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