Colombia 2007

Colombia 2007

South America
Yearbook 2007 Colombia. A minor diplomatic crisis with Venezuela erupted in November after President Álvaro Uribe refused to further mediate with leftist guerrilla FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) via neighboring country president Hugo Chávez. According to Uribe, Chávez had made far-reaching pledges to the FARC, and his offer for a general prisoner exchange on demilitarized Colombian territory eventually became too much for Uribe. President Chávez, who enjoys acknowledged great confidence at FARC, responded by suspending all relations with Colombia as long as Uribe is president. Chávez's mediation efforts were primarily concerned with the 45 people who are being held hostage by FARC, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt who has been a prisoner for six years. Before the mediation work broke down, however, it had come quite a long…
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