Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

World Cup humiliation for host nation

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

FOCUS

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

Read more

ENCORE!

How a comedy dud became one of France's biggest box office hits

Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

FARC rejects French medical aid to Betancourt

©

Latest update : 2008-04-09

A French medical mission to aid hostage Ingrid Betancourt has been rejected by the Colombian guerrilla FARC. "Our actions are not determined by blackmail or by the media," the FARC said in a press release. (Story: J.Jackson)

A French medical mission to aid French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt has been rejected by the Colombian guerrilla group FARC, who have held her captive for six years. "Our actions are not determined by blackmail or by the media," the FARC said in a press release published by the Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa, a news site close to the Marxist rebels.


Stephen Ambrus, a Newsweek correspondent in Colombia, told FRANCE 24: “This doesn’t come as a surprise.  The FARC is a ruthless movement.  People make the mistake of thinking that the previous releases, including that of Carla Rojas, were a humanitarian gesture, when in fact they were efforts to involve Hugo Chavez, and to pressure the world community to take them off the terrorist lists.”

Reacting to the latest
communiqué from FARC which called for the intervention of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Astrid Betancourt, sister of the hostage, told FRANCE 24, “France has a proposal (for a prisoner exchange); this needs to go to the FARC by way of Chavez.” 


Betancourt is being held at an unknown location in the southeast of the country by the rebels. According to Colombian reports and witness accounts, she had been refusing food and medical care for the past five weeks.

French mission on hold

FRANCE 24’s correspondents visited San Jose del Guaviare, a town of about 50,000 inhabitants. Ingrid Betancourt was reportedly seen for the last time in a village near the town.

 

Local hospital authorities say they are ready to help in any potential mission, but have had no notification about the French effort. “In case they need our services, we have all the medicine and products that may be needed,” Juan David Osorio, director of San Jose’s hospital, told FRANCE 24.


The Marxist rebels reiterated last week in a statement that any hostage release would come "if there is an exchange of prisoners." The group wants to swap its most prominent hostages, including Betancourt, for 500 jailed rebels.

Date created : 2008-04-08

Comments

COMMENT(S)