- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

FARC said to kill four kidnap victims
BOGOTA, Colombia Four kidnap victims held by Colombia's largest guerrilla group were killed by their captors yesterday, authorities said.
The four were among more than 20 people kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday from a luxury hotel in the town of Jardin, 260 miles northwest of Bogota.
The Marxist rebels killed one hotel employee who refused to go with them, said a military spokesman.
The guerrillas took their victims toward the mountains in Antioquia province before releasing all but six, the spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

Chiapas governor urges new talks
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico The governor of Mexico's southern Chiapas state marked his first year in office by calling on the federal government and rebel leaders to restart peace talks.
Pablo Salazar, of President Vicente Fox's National Action Party, said on Saturday that the conflict between Zapatista rebels and the Mexican government, which began in 1994, "requires a dignified ending for the Zapatista National Liberation Army and for the Mexican army."
"The conflict continues to simmer, and in the interest of the entire nation, it should take a place on the agenda of the political parties," Mr. Salazar said.

Fujimori-bashers hound TV newsman
LIMA, Peru A crowd of angry protesters forced a TV interviewer considered sympathetic to ex-President Alberto Fujimori to air his political television show from someone's garage.
Nicolas Lucar reappeared on the air late Sunday after lying low for 10 months in Costa Rica.
"We are broadcasting from a household garage because there is a mob at the television station ready to lynch Lucar," said journalist Cesar Hildebrandt, an outspoken Fujimori critic who was Mr. Lucar's first guest on the show.
Mr. Lucar fled Peru after airing a report in late January accusing interim President Valentin Paniagua of receiving $30,000 from Vladimiro Montesinos, secret-police chief during the Fujimori administration, for a political campaign.

Weekly notes
Large numbers of voters in Trinidad and Tobago lined up at the polls before they opened yesterday for the second election for a new Parliament in 12 months following infighting in the ruling party of the resource-rich Caribbean nation. The contest is expected to be a close fight between Prime Minister Basdeo Panday's United National Congress and former Prime Minister Patrick Manning's People's National Movement. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov left Moscow on Sunday for visits to three key countries in the Americas Canada, Brazil and Venezuela that were to focus on economic ties and attracting investment, Russian officials said. After stops in Ottawa and Montreal yesterday and today, Mr. Kasyanov will fly to Brasilia and Rio de Janiero tomorrow, then Caracas for talks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in which the problems pitting Russia against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likely will be discussed.

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