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Colombia: Efforts Continue for Release of Political Kidnap Victim


The mother of a Colombian politician kidnapped by Marxist rebels is continuing efforts to gain her daughter's release, on the third anniversary of the abduction.

Yolanda Pulecio told reporters Tuesday that she has been attempting to get a meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to discuss a swap of jailed guerrillas in exchange for her daughter, Ingrid Betancourt, and other kidnap victims.

But Ms. Pulecio says she has received little or no response from the government.

Former Colombian Senator and presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped three years ago Wednesday, while campaigning in a notoriously dangerous war zone.

The kidnapping of Ms. Betancourt - who holds dual French-Colombian citizenship - sparked international interest. Ceremonies marking the anniversary are planned in the Colombian capital, Bogota, and elsewhere.

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