Colombia asks France to recapture FARC "foreign minister"

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Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Thursday that he would ask his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy to help recapture Rodrigo Granda, known as the "foreign minister" of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

"We agreed to the request from President Sarkozy to release Granda" in 2007, Uribe said at a press conference.

But "tomorrow at the G-8 (Group of Eight summit), I will ask him (Sarkozy) to help me recapture him," Uribe said.

Granda was arrested by Colombian agents late 2004 in Venezuela and taken to a Colombian jail, which triggered a diplomatic incident between Bogota and Caracas.

He was released in 2007 due to a petition from France asking him to work as a mediator for the release of Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate with dual Colombian-French nationality, who had been taken hostage by FARC.

Granda has been investigated in Paraguay in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a daughter of former Paraguayan President Raul Cubas.

Invited by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,President Uribe will attend the G-8 Summit scheduled for June 25-26 in Canada.

Source: Xinhua


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