FARC Rebels Contact Uribe– Are Ready To Release Hostages
The FARC is in disarray…
After the death of FARC leader Manual “Sureshot” Marulanda yesterday, FARC rebels have contacted the Colombian government and are ready to release hostages in exchange for freedom. President Uribe says the FARC is ready to give up.
Sureshot, the leader of FARC for 40 years, was the third FARC leader lost since March 1st:
Three former commanders of Colombia’s FARC rebel force, (L-R) Manuel Marulanda (known as Sureshot), Raul Reyes and Ivan Rios, are seen in file photos dating from the years 2000 and 2001. Marulanda, the top commander and founder of the FARC, is dead after more than 40 years fighting against the state from jungle and mountain camps, a government source said on May 24, 2008. The death of Marulanda would be the heaviest of several recent blows suffered by Latin America’s oldest surviving insurgency, after the deaths of Reyes and Rios less than two months earlier. (REUTERS)
President Uribe has agreed to give the rebels their freedom in France in exchange for hostages they have been holding for several years in the Colombian jungle.
President, Alvaro Uribe, said he had heard from some leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who were ready to surrender and free hostages.
In a potential breakthrough, just after Colombia confirmed the death of Manuel Marulanda, Mr Uribe said “the Government has received calls from the FARC in which some of the leaders announced their decision to leave the FARC and hand over Ingrid Betancourt if their freedom is guaranteed.
“The Government’s answer is ‘yes, they are guaranteed freedom’ [if they hand over hostages]”, Mr Uribe said.
In a speech carried live on national television on Saturday, he said FARC leaders who free the captives could be turned over to authorities from “France, so that they enjoy that freedom there”.
Mr Uribe also touted the Government’s offer to reward rebels up to a total of $US100 million ($104 million) when they turn themselves in alongside one or more hostages.
Aside from Ms Betancourt, the French-Colombian politician who was seized in 2002 while campaigning for the Colombian presidency, FARC guerillas are holding three US nationals and dozens of Colombian police and military staff. They want to swap the hostages for about 500 imprisoned comrades, including three in US jails.
FARC terrorists have been holding US defense contractors Keith Stansell, Mark Gonsalves and Thomas Howes since 2003 in the jungles of Colombia.
Gonsalves, Stansell and Howes were doing drug surveillance for the Department of Defense when they were taken hostage in February 2003. The single-engine plane carrying them and two other men crashed in a remote, mountainous region south of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. Almost four years later they are still being held by FARC.
Earlier this week, starving one-eyed FARC leader Nelly Avila Moreno, also known as “Karina”, surrendered to Colombian officials.
She later made a radio plea to her fellow rebels to turn themselves in.
It’s been a very bad year for the FARC terrorists.
Daniel in Venezuela is celebrating.
And, Obama’s close friends, William Ayers and his terrorist wife Bernadine Dohrn, must be feeling horrible today after all of the work they have done with the Marxist terrorists of FARC.