Colombia’s ex-president slams government for hostage comments

February 23rd, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by admin  


Bogota, Feb 23 (IANS) Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper has strongly criticised the government of President Alvaro Uribe for its “rash and irresponsible” comments on the hostage release announced by the country’s guerrilla rebels recently. Samper, who governed the Andean nation 1994-1998, warned Friday that the government’s announcement that it knows where the rebels will set the announced four hostages free would jeopardise their release, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Saturday.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has announced earlier this week that they will free four of their hostages - lawmakers Gloria Polanco, Luis Eladio Perez, Orlando Beltran and Jorge Eduardo Gechem Turbay - who have been in captivity for more than seven years.

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