Colombian Red Cross chief resigns for failing to free hostages

May 21st, 2008 - 2:33 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, May 21 (Xinhua) Chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Colombia Barbara Hintermann has resigned from her post for failing to free hostages held by a rebel group. Hintermann expressed concern for the deteriorating health of the hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Hintermann told Radio Caracol she was proud of having participated in the rescue of six people kidnapped by the FARC but felt greatly frustrated at not having been able to rescue all the hostages held by the guerrillas.

Hintermann will be replaced by Christophe Beney, a 40-year-old Swiss national who has been working for the ICRC for more than 20 years, with experience in Iraq, Burundi, Russia, Angola and former Yugoslavia.

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