Hopes that three Colombian captives will be freed before Christmas are dashed.
Chavez had revealed his plan to secure the freedom of the hostages held by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) at a news conference in Caracas.
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Chavez was told by Uribe last month to stay out of hostage negotiations with Farc, but he has continued to talk to the rebels.
Meanwhile a nine-year-old boy who was kidnapped by armed men claiming to be Farc fighters has been rescued by Colombian police.
The kidnapping happened in May at his family’s farm, when suspected Farc guerrillas entered the home and asked for room and board.
They then took the boy and demanded $50,000 in ransom for his release, an amount his family could not pay.
On Tuesday, police raided a house in the city of Neiva, found the boy and arrested two Farc fighters.
“I was enclosed. The food was awful, and I was only allowed to eat once a day,” the boy, whose identity was not revealed, told Bogota‘s El Tiempo newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.
“They insulted me and said they were going to kill me.”
Some 2,567 children and teens have been kidnapped in Colombia in the past 12 years, including 60 in 2007, according to Pais Libre, a foundation dedicated to supporting kidnapping victims.