Sumario: 28 February 2008, Brussels - European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, has said on the release of 4 hostages by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC):
"I am glad to hear that the FARC have handed over to the Venezuelan government four Colombian former members of Parliament who were held hostages for more than six years and are under ill health conditions. This was a humanitarian need.
This liberation could be an encouraging step but we expect the immediate and unconditional liberation of all hostages, including Ingrid Betancourt, on the path towards a global peace agreement.
The Colombian government has all our support and solidarity in their commitment to search for a negotiated, peaceful and lasting solution to the process."