Hostages in Colombia
Paris, January 11, 2008
On the announcement of the release of Ms Clara Rojas and Ms Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo, my thoughts go first of all to their families whose joy I share.
This news delights all those relentlessly working to put an end to the suffering of the hostages held in Colombia.
I thank the President of Venezuela, Mr Hugo Chávez, for his commitment, the Colombian authorities for their full cooperation, the other countries which, with France, have joined in this collective action and the ICRC which ensured it went smoothly.
This event gives everyone further grounds for redoubling efforts, in France, in Colombia and elsewhere in the world to find, immediately, a humanitarian solution to a situation endangering the survival of the weakest hostages. It is becoming more urgent than ever to get Ingrid Betancourt, like her former campaign manager kidnapped with her on 23 February 2002, returned to her family.
For their part, the French authorities remain firmly determined to work tirelessly on any humanitarian solution allowing the release of all the hostages, in line with the commitment made by President Sarkozy./.