After Venezuela’s President Chavez said last Sunday during a weekly televised address that Colombia’s FARC guerrillas should lay down their arms and release all hostages, positive reactions are being heard from around the globe.
French Foreign Minister Pascale Andréani said that Chavez’s words may help restart the humanitarian effort in which Venezuela has been a key player. That initiative led to the negotiated release of six captives earlier this year (pictured above).
In Colombia, President Uribe also welcomed Chavez’s message of peace, as did Cesar Gaviria, a former president who attempted to broker a peace agreement between the FARC, paramilitaries, and the military.
Representatives in the U.S. also approved of the statements. Some call them a “reversal,” but others point out that Chavez’s call for the end of armed conflict in Colombia is not new. Read more here about his consistent calls for peace.