France on Tuesday said that removing the rebel Colombian
Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) from the list of terrorist
of terrorist groups operating worldwide is not appropriate,
as long as the organization does not "release all of the hostages."
"This does not seem appropriate as long as the hostages held
by the FARC are not released," said the spokesman of the French
Foreign Minister Pascale Andréani.
Last Friday, following the release by the FARC of Colombian
hostages Clara Rojas and Consuelo González, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez asked "the governments in the continent
(Latin America) and Europe to remove the FARC and the (rebel)
National Liberation Front (ELN) from the list of the terrorist
groups, as such a list exists for one reason only, namely
pressure from the United States," AFP quoted.