Uribe said not a single shot was fired during the rescue operation, because the government wanted to send a message to the FARC. “This is an invitation to the FARC to make peace, to start releasing the hostages they still hold captive,” the President said.Uribe also repeated his call on individual guerrillas to demobilize and support the government’s ‘Democratic Security’ policy.Betancourt, dressed in an army jacket, asked FARC leader Alfonso Cano to not kill the guerrillas who were responsible for guarding the escaped hostages, because their liberation “wasn’t their fault. It was perfectly orchestrated, a perfect operation of the Colombian army”.The French-Colombian citizen expressed her gratitude and support to the Colombian president.The rescued hostages called for another march, similar to that of February 4, to support those who still held by the FARC and to show the FARC the Colombian people want peace.
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