December 31, 2007 / 8:06 PM / 10 years ago

Colombia rebels say army impeding hostage release

CARACAS (Reuters) - Colombian rebels said in a letter on Monday intense military activity had impeded the release of three hostages they had promised to hand over to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

<p>Clara Gonzalez de Rojas (R), mother of kidnapped Colombian politician Clara Rojas, and her son Ivan wait for news at a hotel in Caracas December 30, 2007. REUTERS/Edwin Montilva</p>

Chavez read the letter from the rebels on Venezuelan state television and said he would not abandon his mission to pick up the hostages, including a young child.

Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel, editing by Doina Chiacu

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