DEPARTAMENTO DE ESTADO
DE ESTADOS UNIDOS RECHAZA ASESINATO DE DIPUTADOS
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U.S Departament of
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
QUESTION: Yes, on Colombia. Is the United States going to keep
supporting the military rescue after the murder of the lawmakers
that were kidnapped by the FARC yesterday?
MR. CASEY: My understanding is at least there are -- preliminary
confirmation that 11 of the 12 lawmakers who had been taken hostage
by the FARC had, in fact, been killed.
Again, we've heard from the Colombian Government that 11 of the
12 lawmakers that had been kidnapped by the FARC had, in fact,
been killed while in FARC custody.
And we offer our condolences to their friends and families as
well as to the Government of Colombia. You know, the responsibility
for their death as well as the responsibility for the well-being
of other hostages that the FARC maintains is with the FARC and
we call on them to release all of the hostages they have, including
the three Americans who have been in detention for quite some time
QUESTION: Do you support a military rescue?
MR. CASEY: Look, I'll leave it to the Colombian Government to
talk about the tactical decisions that they made with respect to
these hostages. Again, the people -- let's be clear about this,
though, the people that are responsible for the deaths of these
individuals are those that took them hostage. There's no excuse
for hostage taking. We certainly want to help the Government of
Colombia do what it can to deal with the problems posed by FARC
terrorism and are supportive of their efforts to try and release
individuals in custody. From our perspective in terms of U.S. nationals
that are held hostage, again, as we've always said we want to see
them be released, be released unharmed. And our primary concern
is their safety. And we want to see them be returned safely to
their families and be able to continue their lives.