FARC RELEASES KIDNAPPED GENERAL

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  • Peace talk’s resumption slated for December 10.

The Colombian government and Farc rebels have agreed to resume peace talks, which were suspended last month over the abduction of an army general. Officials from Cuba and Norway, the two countries facilitating the peace process, confirmed that discussions were to begin in Havana on December 10.

Colombia’s president ceased talks after the rebels seized General Ruben Dario Alzate and two others on November 16. The captives, including the general, were released on Sunday. They were handed over to a humanitarian mission led by the International Red Cross and transported to a military base near the city of Medellin before being reunited with family members.

Soldiers had spent two weeks searching for the hostages but all those searches proved futile. The negotiations have been under way in Havana since November 2012 and aim to bring an end to five decades of conflict, in which 220,000 people are estimated to have died. The Red Cross and the Farc said that the handover on Sunday had taken place in a remote location in Choco province, an isolated jungle region on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.

Extracted and modified from Yahoo News.

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