Congratulating the Republic of Colombia on its successful rescue mission and thanking Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for the safe return of the Americans held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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H.CON.RES.389
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Date of Last Action: 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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HCON 389 IH

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 389

Congratulating the Republic of Colombia on its successful rescue mission and thanking Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for the safe return of the Americans held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 9, 2008

Mr. BRADY of Texas (for himself, Mr. WELLER of Illinois, Mr. BLUNT, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. MCCRERY, Mr. HERGER, and Mr. DREIER) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Congratulating the Republic of Colombia on its successful rescue mission and thanking Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for the safe return of the Americans held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Whereas the Government of Colombia carried out a historic rescue mission on July 2, 2008, freeing 15 hostages kidnapped and held in captivity by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group the Department of State has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;

Whereas this mission was carried out without any violence;

Whereas the 3 freed American hostages, Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Thomas Howes, were held in captivity since 2003;

Whereas the release of former Colombian presidential candidate and senator Ingrid Betancourt and 11 Colombian hostages has brought hope and joy to Colombians and the French;

Whereas the United States supports Colombia's efforts to eradicate narcotics trade and terrorist activity in Colombia, and strengthen its democratic institutions to pave the way for peace;

Whereas the United States has provided significant security assistance and training for the Colombian security forces through Plan Colombia;

Whereas such United States assistance aided the Colombian military in preparing for the rescue mission; and

Whereas the FARC reportedly still holds more than 700 hostages in captivity: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) congratulates the Republic of Colombia on the successful rescue mission that resulted in the freeing of 15 hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), without any loss of life;

(2) commends the Colombian military for its careful planning of the mission and the brave Colombian soldiers who executed the dramatic rescue;

(3) offers its deepest thanks and gratitude to President Alvaro Uribe and the people of Colombia for the safe return of the 3 American hostages, Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell;

(4) recognizes the close friendship between the United States and the Republic of Colombia; and

(5) remembers the remaining hostages in captivity and calls upon the FARC to release all remaining hostages and cease hostilities immediately, without condition.