Paris says Chavez is the best chance to secure the release of hostages.
Tom Dougherty, Atlanta, USA
Chavez’s remarks came after Uribe dropped him as mediator between Bogota and Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels over a hostage swap.
Uribe on Sunday confirmed ending Chavez’s role because the Venezuelan leader had ignored his demand not to speak directly with Colombian generals about the hostages.
“Your words, your positions, suggest you are not interested in peace in Colombia, but rather in Colombia becoming the victim of a terrorist government of the Farc,” he said.
Uribe last week ended Chavez’s role as mediator in talks with Farc rebels over releasing hostages taken during Colombia‘s civil war, and accused him of overstepping his limits and disclosing details of it to the public.
|Uribe accused Chavez of promoting a
leftist agenda across Latin America [AFP]
Chavez also dropped Piedad Cordoba, a Colombian senator and a dialogue facilitator, from the negotiations with Farc.
Cordoba was severely criticised within the government for secretly meeting rebel commanders Ivan Marquez and Rodrigo Granda who were negotiating the swap.
She said on Sunday the Colombian Supreme Court was investigating her for treason.
“They notified me yesterday; I am being investigated for treason and collusion,” she told Radio Caracol from Caracas.
Cordoba did not say if the charges against her were related to her work as mediator or to unrelated allegations.