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Humanitarian agreement in Colombia

Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the hostage situation in Colombia.

27/02/2006 :: On the fourth anniversary of the unlawful detention of Ms Ingrid Betancourt and following the death of one of the FARC hostages, after being held for more than seven years, the European Union deplores the tragedy being lived through by the hostages held in Colombia, which is once again attracting the attention and disapproval of the international community.

The European Union has, several times and in the strongest terms, expressed its absolute condemnation of the cruel and inhuman practice of hostage-taking, wherever it may occur.

The European Union recognises the need to conclude a humanitarian agreement and believes that these events underscore the urgency of seeking a dialogue which would enable one to be concluded.

The European Union has welcomed with hope the proposal that Spain, France and Switzerland put forward at the end of last year with a view to identifying a place where such a dialogue could be initiated.  The European Union fully supports this initiative, and has been pleased to learn of the Colombian authorities’ positive reaction to the proposal.

The European Union calls on all illegal armed groups in Colombia to swiftly free all detainees and to renounce the practice of kidnapping and hostage-taking.  The European Union more particularly asks FARC to react constructively to this proposal for the conclusion of a humanitarian agreement.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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