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Colombia / Hostage Rescue / FARC / Richardson Interview #897484

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 02, 2008
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news on the dramatic rescue of 15 hostages in the jungles of Colombia where they had been held by FARC guerrillas introduced.

(New York: Randi Kaye) The FARC and the hostages examined; details given about the group's background, how three Americans were kidnapped 6 years ago when their plane went down and how presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in 2002; videos shown. [Betancourt's husband Juan Carlos LECOMPTE†, hostage's mother Jo ROSANO†, daughter Lauren STANSELL†- comment on their relatives.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live telephone interview held with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson about the hostages. [RICHARDSON - says he had felt negotiations were the best way to go, but the Colombian military got it done; calls the hostage families real heroes for pushing the international community to do more; describes the role of FARC in Colombia and how the group has been weakened severely; comments on the "laser-like" military operation.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

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