Colombia's FARC says holding US soldier, willing to release

July 20, 2013 09:35

BOGOTA - Colombia's FARC rebels said late on Friday they were holding a US soldier captured on June 20, but were willing to release him to a humanitarian commission as they pursue peace talks with the government.

The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said on its website it had caught the soldier, identified as Kevin Scott Sutay, in a jungle region in the south of the country, describing him as a mine clearance expert from New York who has served in Afghanistan."Despite the right we have to hold Kevin Scott as a prisoner of war, we have taken the political decision to free him in the spirit of talks that are advancing in Havana with the Colombian government," the statement said.

It was referring to peace talks in the Cuban capital under way since last November aimed at ending five decades of conflict.

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