Spain's Prince of Asturias Foundation has presented this year's award for promoting understanding among peoples to former French-Colombian hostage and politician Ingrid Betancourt.

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe presided over the awards ceremony Friday in the northern city of Oviedo.

In her acceptance speech, Betancourt appealed for Latin American countries to fight arms and drug trafficking, which she said feed kidnappings and terrorism.

Among other recipients of the 2008 Asturias awards were tennis star Rafael Nadal for sports, and the Internet search engine Google for communication and humanities.

The scientific and technical research award went to one Japanese and four American scientists for their work in the field of nanotechnology.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation, headed by Crown Prince Filipe, awards eight Asturias prizes annually, covering such fields as the arts, science, and sports.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.