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Notice given 30 October 2006

2594  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to reports that the President of Columbia (Mr Uribe) has dropped negotiations for a humanitarian prisoner exchange with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC):

(1) What information does the Government have on the well-being of FARC prisoners, former Senator Ingrid Betancourt and her companion Clara Rojas.

(2) What is the Government’s understanding of the Colombian President’s action referred to in an article on page 3 of the Weekend Financial Times of 21/22 October 2006.

(3) What action is the Government taking to help secure the safety of innocent prisoners held by the FARC, including Ingrid Betancourt and other members of the Parliament of Colombia.