Colombian rebels say they will hand over hostages to Chavez

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December 18, 2007 22:46

 
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Colombian rebels will hand over three hostages to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, including an aide to former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and the woman's young son, according to a communique sent Tuesday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said in a statement e-mailed to the Bogota office of Cuba's Prensa Latina news agency that it would free Betancourt aide Clara Rojas, Rojas' son Emmanuel, and Consuelo Gonzalez, a former congresswoman kidnapped in 2001. The statement, dated Dec. 9, did not say when the three would be released, but did say they would be freed in Colombia to "Chavez or someone he designates." Chavez had been trying to negotiate a prisoner swap between the rebels and the Colombian government before Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called him off last month.

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