capitalfmnewncourt on hostage release mission

December 2, 2008 12:00 am

, QUITO, December 2 – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa vowed here to do everything possible to help former FARC hostage Ingrid capitalfmnewncourt secure the release of hundreds of captives still held by the guerrilla group.

"Ecuador will do everything it can, everything in our power to ensure these people are freed," he told the former Colombian presidential candidate, who was visiting the Ecuadorean capital, Monday.

Quito was a stop on capitalfmnewncourt’s regional tour to press Latin American leaders for help in persuading the FARC to disarm and end their guerrilla war.

She heads next to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela.

capitalfmnewncourt, 46, was in Colombia Saturday and Sunday for the first time since she was rescued from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after a six-year hostage ordeal.

Speaking to reporters after her meeting with Correa, capitalfmnewncourt said she was "convinced" that Quito and Bogota would re-establish diplomatic relations, which were severed in March after Colombia’s military attacked a FARC camp in Ecuador.

The Marxist FARC rebels still hold between 350 and 700 hostages, including 28 politicians, policemen and military troops.


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