Venezuela continues to be a source of hope for people around the world who are pushing for peace in Colombia. Two successful hostage releases were brokered this year by President Chavez, and even though that process was derailed, the country continues to advocate for a negotiated settlement to the conflict.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico (pictured at right, on horseback) is in Venezuela today to discuss the case of three U.S. defense contractors held captive in Colombia since 2002. The men are Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves, and Thomas Howes.
Governor Richardson told reporters in Caracas, “I think President Chavez can help and can play a role in this issue.” He added that he had been asked by the families of the hostages to intervene on their behalf.