A leader of Colombia’s Farc rebel group has ruled out releasing a high-profile sick hostage and cast doubt on a French humanitarian mission sent to treat her.
Rodrigo Granda suggested the Farc had not agreed to grant access to Ingrid Betancourt and would only release hostages through a prisoner exchange. A former presidential candidate who also has French nationality, Ms Betancourt is said to be seriously ill.
Her son earlier said she needed a blood transfusion within hours to stay alive. The French mission was sent to Colombia earlier this week after the government promised to suspend military operations against the Farc in the area where many of its hostages are believed to be held.
And then they will demand from the world …understanding on their humanitarian demands!!!
Colombia has offered to release jailed Farc rebels if they first hand over former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages.
Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo said that if some captives were liberated, it could begin the process of exchanging rebels for hostages. The offer, backed by the president, comes amid reports that Ms Betancourt, a French-Colombian citizen, is ill.
She is said to have hepatitis B and a tropical skin disease. Colombia’s human rights ombudsman Wolmar Perez said earlier that Ms Betancourt’s health was “very, very delicate”. Announcing the “humanitarian” offer, Mr. Restrepo told a news conference: “The legal basis for a humanitarian exchange has been established and we have reduced the requirements as much as possible.
“The government has joined the national and international cry that the life of Ingrid Betancourt be saved. We cannot run risks in this case and there is no more time to wait.”
Let’s hope that something will come out of this because the woman is obviously reaching her natural limits!