Sarkozy calls for Betancourt's release - "matter of life or death"

Other News Materials 28 February 2008 18:54 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to South Africa on Thursday urged Colombia's FARC guerrillas to release Ingrid Betancourt amid growing fears for the health of the Franco-Colombian hostage.

"It is a matter of life or death," Sarkozy told a press conference in Cape Town, calling for 46-year-old Betancourt's release "without delay" and saying he was ready to collect her in person if necessary.

Betancourt was captured by FARC in 2002.