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| 7/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

Limbo for Colombia family seeking hostage release

Jul 01-- A year after Colombian military agents disguised as international aid workers helicoptered Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors to freedom, an offer by their former leftist rebel captors to unilaterally free two hostages is in limbo.

Many blame President Alvaro Uribe, who says the "drop by drop" releases end up being publicity stunts for the rebel "terrorists" that complicate his military's efforts to end the decades-long conflict once and for all.
 
Colombia celebrates the daring July 2, 2008 rescue, but the joy is not shared by the family of Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, whom the rebels seized more than 11 years ago in an attack on a remote mountain outpost.
 
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced in mid-April it intended to free Moncayo. On Monday, it said it would release a second soldier with him.
 
Read more here.
 
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