Sarkozy with Chavez to go to Colombia for hostage

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will go to Colombia with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez if it will help free an ailing French-Colombian hostage, his foreign minister said Friday.

Sarkozy with Chavez to go to Colombia for hostage
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will go to Colombia with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez if it will help free an ailing French-Colombian hostage, his foreign minister said Friday, but Chavez said he can't help without guarantees from the U.S. and its ally Colombia.

"We are willing to continue helping, but a series of gestures are needed from the Colombian and U.S. governments (to establish) a minimum of trust that allows us to reactivate the paths toward a release," Chavez said late Thursday.

Chavez also said he has lost all contact with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt while she running for president of Colombia six years ago.

France launched a mission Thursday to rescue Betancourt — or at least provide her with medical attention — and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Friday that Sarkozy and Chavez could head to the border if it would help. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe vowed to make "all possible efforts" to help.

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