Deadline for Chavez on Farc talks

Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 02:26 GMT

Deadline for Chavez on Farc talks

Hugo Chavez has taken months to
make progress
with the rebels

Colombia has set a deadline of 31 December for the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, to reach a deal with left-wing rebels on a prisoner swap.

The move came after Mr Chavez said the Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, had given him permission to talk to the Farc leader, Manuel Marulanda.

Mr Chavez is in France for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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