News

Chavez Optimistic About Meeting with Colombian Rebels

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is close to arranging an initial meeting with Colombian rebels for talks on releasing scores of hostages.

Chavez says his efforts to mediate an exchange of hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are going well and said he expects a meeting to take place in coming days.

Chavez made the comments Friday after meeting in Ballenas with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

The Venezuelan leader has offered to meet with representatives of the FARC to discuss a proposed swap of some 45 hostages in rebel custody.

They include soldiers, police officers, French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans.

Last month, Colombia rejected an initial request by Venezuela to create a demilitarized zone for the meeting. Colombia has one of the world's highest kidnapping rates.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Story

FILE - Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signs a document together with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng on a deal for the resettlement of refugees, at the Interior Ministry in Phnom Penh, Sept. 26, 2014.

Australia-Cambodia Resettlement Agreement Raises Concerns

Agreement calls for Cambodia to accept refugees in return for $35 million in aid and reflects Australia’s harder line approach towards asylum seekers and refugees More