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Colombia Urges Caution on Rescue of Top Hostage

Any operation to rescue Colombian former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage for the past 18 months by Marxist rebels, would be handled “prudently” to guarantee her life, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Sunday. “The government must deal with this issue very prudently. The Defense Ministry has to analyze it,” Uribe told reporters. Betancourt appeared in a rebel video-tape broadcast on national television late on Saturday, calling for a military rescue from her secret guerrilla prison. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials FARC, kidnapped Betancourt at a roadblock in February 2002 with hopes of swapping her for jailed comrades. The tape was the was first proof in more than a year that the FARC’s most famous hostage was still alive. Full Story

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