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The Collective
Sunday, March 30, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The pressure on the FARC regarding Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages continues to build. Now, the possibility for rewards and life in exile has emerged. Via the BBC: France ‘could take Farc rebels’:

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has said France would be willing to take Farc rebels as part of a deal to free hostages held by the guerrillas.

[...]

He announced the establishment of a $100m fund for any information leading to the whereabouts of the hostages.

Mr Uribe urged Farc fighters to accept his offer of cash rewards and reduced jail terms for abandoning rebel ranks and releasing kidnap victims.

“People have asked me, can they [Farc rebels] also go overseas? Yes, they can go overseas and we will help in that matter,” he said.

“We have spoken to the French government, which has told us it would be willing to take them in over there.”

[...]

Analysist say the promise of exile in France could be attractive to anybody wanting to turn themselves in, since the Farc has a policy of hunting down and killing deserters

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