Yesterday’s rescue of 15 hostages in Colombia was celebrated widely.
The Venezuelan government expressed satisfaction with the liberation, according to Bloomberg. Here are some excerpts of a statement released in Spanish by the Ministry of Foreign Relations on its website:
“The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, has undertaken intensive efforts in favor of a humanitarian accord in Colombia. His mediation brought the first liberations of Colombian citizens held hostage by the FARC. …Hence we appreciate and share in the happiness brought by the liberation and reunion in all its magnitude.
Our government reiterates its public appeal to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to liberate the captives it still holds. We hope as well that this will open a path to a humanitarian accord, the dismantling of the war, and the achievement of peace.”