Moved by the news that the ex presidential candidate and 14 other were rescued, Shakira says that Colombia is closer to peace

Por People Staff
Updated Julio 03, 2008

Like a good Colombian who's feeling overjoyed about the fact that the ex presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, and 14 others were rescued after being kidnapped and held by FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas), for six years, Shakira was moved by the news, and said that peace in Colombia is not far from being attained.

“This is a historic day for all of us, for this country that has suffered a lot, but today we see tears of happiness uniting us in an immense hug. Colombia today stands on its feet and looks to the future with the hope of peace that is nearing,” said the 31-year-old singer in a statement to the press.

The “Hips Don't Lie” singer described Ingrid Betancourt as a symbol of the suffereing that has plagued hundred of Colombians who've been kidnapped by the guerrilla group in Colombia.

“After this victory, we'll start the process of recuperting our liberty when the drama and violence is over. We'll all be free when we cease the violence and when peace overcomes war. The republic has come one step closer to that today, and it's renewed my faith in democracy and our institutions, and in our armed forces,” said the singer, adding, “What a proud day to be Colombian!”