Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

  • Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Italy’s Trentin wins seventh stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Disgraced Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

  • French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

    Read more

  • In Pictures: Petrol station hit by Hamas rockets

    Read more

  • Manhunt as FIFA partner flees Rio hotel to avoid arrest

    Read more

Mission is 'waiting for news from FARC'

©

Latest update : 2008-04-06

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the medical mission to help French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt, who has been held for six years by FARC rebels, will stay put in Bogota until the guerrillas give a response.


France said Saturday its medical mission to help French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt, who is languishing after six years in the hands of FARC rebels, will stay put in Bogota until the guerrillas give a response.
   
"We had to do something. Now we're waiting for news from FARC," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France 2 television channel, in an interview rebroadcast by Colombian media.
   
A French Falcon 50 airplane was on standby at Catam military airport in Bogota since Thursday, waiting to carry an international medical team to treat Betancourt, 46, should her captors allow it. She is rumored to be seriously ill and possibly near death.
   
The humanitarian mission, said Kouchner, "will stay put where it is," adding that the French government was "determined" to wait it out.
   
Oscar Lopez, Governor of Guaviare department, 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Bogota, where Betancourt and other hostages are believe to be held somewhere in a rebel jungle camp, said the guerrillas "have given no sign" of an impending release.
   
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reiterated Thursday in a statement that any hostage release would come "if there is an exchange of prisoners." FARC seeks to swap its most prominent hostages, including Betancourt, for 500 jailed comrades.
   
Bogota has agreed to suspend military operations against the FARC to allow the deployment of the humanitarian mission, and last week it even suggested it would release some jailed rebels if Betancourt and other hostages were freed.
   
Meanwhile, a solidarity march is planned for Sunday in Paris and other French cities to press for Betancourt's release.
   
"We hope it will be the last demonstration prior to Ingrid's release," said Ingrid Betancourt Support Committee spokesman Herve Marro about the marches he said have been called by Betancourt's children Melanie and Lorenzo Delloye.
  

Date created : 2008-04-06

Comments

COMMENT(S)