Magazine article New Internationalist

Politics Kidnapped in Colombia

Magazine article New Internationalist

Politics Kidnapped in Colombia

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The Green Presidential candidate in this month's election in Colombia - Senator Ingrid Betancourt - won't be doing much campaigning. She was kidnapped in February by the the country's main group of leftist rebels, the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).

FARC is pitted in civil war against the outlawed right-wing military group, AUC, and the US-backed Colombian army (allegedly linked to the AUC). Three-year-long peace negotiations broke down irretrievably only days before Betancourt's kidnapping: the Government withdrew when another senator was kidnapped on 20 February. Colombian President Andres Pastrana then ordered his forces to start retaking the 42,000-square-kilometre area he had handed over to FARC. Over 200 bombing raids have been carried out since then. FARC's position is now precarious. …

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