Former Colombian Foreign Minister And FARC Hostage Aspires To Be A Presidential Candidate
By Dialogo January 05, 2009Fernando Araujo, a former Colombian foreign minister and former hostage of the FARC who fled captivity just two years ago, revealed in an interview published today that he aspires to be a presidential candidate for the Conservative Party in the forthcoming elections. Araujo, who’s escape on January 5, 2007 allowed him to regain freedom after spending nearly six years in captivity by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), also said in statements to the newspaper El Tiempo that it is not suitable for his country to amend the Constitution again for a new election of President Álvaro Uribe. The former minister said the Conservative Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, should begin to build a process for finding their own presidential candidate. " "I also aspire to be (among conservative candidates) to let all our views on how this process should be, what time, under what rules," he said. Araujo added that if Uribe was to run for re-election a second time, he would vote for him, but said that by changing the constitution to allow a new election is "not good" for the country. "If tomorrow he were to be the candidate, I will vote for him," he said. Araujo escaped a rebel camp near the end of 2006 and two months later he was appointed foreign minister for the purpose of showing the world the plight of the hostages in Colombia. However, he resigned last July amid a diplomatic crisis with the bombing of a FARC camp in Ecuadorian territory, which killed the international spokesperson of the rebels, Luis Edgar Devia, alias "Raúl Reyes" and another twenty people. Uribe has yet to confirm if he will run again, but his bloc in Congress is advancing the debate to call a referendum which would allow for a reform of the new constitution and allow a new election in 2010.