Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Venezuela Poised for FARC Release

Caracas, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is awaiting Wednesday for any sign from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of the announced release of three former legislators in the hands of the guerrilla insurgents.

The relatives of the detainees, who have been in this capital since February 3, stated Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro still does not have details of the delivery.

Maduro said in a meeting that the appropriate organizations had instructions to establish in the next days, along with Colombian authorities, the necessary mechanisms to transfer the released people to Caracas.

In statements to press, they expressed confidence that the wait will be short, thanks to the experience accumulated by Venezuela after the operation to receive former Colombian legislator Consuelo Gonzalez and former candidate to the vice presidency Clara Rojas.

That act, announced by the FARC by late 2007 as a gesture of apology to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, was delayed due to the presence of troops in the zone where the guerrilla wanted the delivery.

At that time, the insurgence also promised to free Orlando Cuellar, Gloria Polanco and Luis Eladio Perez, due to their state of health and, in recognition of Chavez' mediating labor to the search for a humanitarian accord between the guerrilla and the Colombian government.

Not only the statesman but also the foreign minister reiterated the government's willingness to work for peace in the neighboring country and find a way to concordance in bilateral relations, affected by Bogota's unilateral decision of stopping the Venezuelan mediation.

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