[Marxism] Ingrid Betancourt Hugs Her Children (Granma)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 4 08:40:53 MDT 2008


("CNN reported that Chavez congratulated Colombia and stated his
willingness to help achieve the release of all remaining hostages.")
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GRANMA July 4, 2008

Ingrid Betancourt Hugs Her Children

BOGOTA, July 3.- Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential
candidate, was reunited Thursday with her children who arrived from
Paris hours after the military operation that freed their mother and
14 other hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC).

INGRID WITH HER DAUGHTER MELANIE

"I am so proud of them, because they struggled alone and they grew up
alone in their anguish to be with me,'' said Betancourt after hugging
Melanie, 22, and Lorenzo, 19, and recalling that the last time she
saw them they were small children.

Speaking on the runway of the Bogota Air Force Base, Betancourt also
recognized the efforts of the presidents of Venezuela and Ecuador,
Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa, for their mediation efforts.

CNN reported that Chavez congratulated Colombia and stated his
willingness to help achieve the release of all remaining hostages.

Betancourt, 46, was held in the Colombian jungle for more than six
years and was rescued on Wednesday in Guaviare, in southeastern
Colombia, along with US citizens Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and
Keith Stansell, contractors for the US Defense Department, and 11
Colombian soldiers and police officers.

The US hostages, held since February 13, 2003, arrived early Thursday
morning to San Antonio, Texas. Meanwhile, the Colombian troops, who
had been in captivity for more than a decade, began to reunite with
their families.

The two guerrillas of the FARC detained in the rescue operation were
presented to the press on Thursday.

On Friday, Ingrid will travel to Paris, where she will be received by
French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Next week she will meet with Pope
Benedict XVI at the Vatican, informed AFP.



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WALTER LIPPMANN, CubaNews
Los Angeles, California
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"Cuba - Un Paraiso bajo el bloqueo"
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WALTER LIPPMANN, CubaNews
Los Angeles, California
http://www.walterlippmann.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
"Cuba - Un Paraiso bajo el bloqueo"
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