Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CHAVEZ WILLING TO NEGOTIATE FOR U.S. HOSTAGES IN COLOMBIA

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR - President Hugo ChAvez said he will try to facilitate the release of three Americans held captive by Colombia's largest rebel group - even though he has lost contact with the guerrillas. Mr. ChAvez confirmed his willingness to help on Sunday, a day after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said the socialist leader had agreed to mediate a possible exchange of the US defense contractors for imprisoned guerrillas. "I told him that we're at their service, to try to help even though the issue is very complicated," said Chavez during his weekly television and radio program. Chavez helped pave the way for the release of six captives earlier this year.

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